Harmless Like You

  • by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
  • Narrated by P. J. Ochlan, Emily Woo Zeller
  • 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Written in startlingly beautiful prose, Harmless Like You is set across New York, Berlin, and Connecticut, following Yuki Oyama, a Japanese girl fighting to make it as an artist, and Yuki's son, Jay, who, as an adult in the present day, is forced to confront the mother who abandoned him when he was only two years old. The novel opens when Yuki is 16 and her father is posted back to Japan. Though she and her family have been living as outsiders in New York City, Yuki opts to stay, intoxicated by her friendship with the beautiful aspiring model Odile, the energy of the city, and her desire to become an artist. But when she becomes involved with an older man and the relationship turns destructive, Yuki's life is unmoored.
Harmless Like You is a suspenseful novel about the complexities of identity, art, adolescent friendships, and familial bonds, which asks - and ultimately answers - how does a mother desert her son?


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Customer Reviews

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Would read this author again.

Great story of inner demons. Could do without the F word used a million times.
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profoundly moving

What a stunning experience. I listened to this entire book in the space of about two days. I almost put it aside at one point, because it awakened memories long buried and a sense of dread. In the end, there was a bitter-sweet resolution to the generational angst that left a sense of hope. I thought the voice of Jay sounded a little pugnacious, but I was able to get used to it. I listened to this book at about 1.2x speed, so maybe that enhanced the clipped, angry sounding voice. Buchanan has really tapped into some fundamental human truths with this novel.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2017
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books