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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?
©2016 Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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3 out of 5 stars
By RZ on 04-02-18

Well written with enticing and vivid language but

Somewhere 2/3 through the book, I started to realize that I can no longer connect with the characters. It took me some time to figure out why. the author is very skilled with the language that entices you enough to want to hear more, but being a painter and a mother I realized eventually that there was not enough substance. The flavorful sentences and unique perspectives lacked depth of thoughts and experiences. My analogy would be that The book offered incredible writing about the outward beauty- colors, shapes and smell of a cake without cutting into it and adding taste to the content.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jamie McCloskey on 09-16-17

A glimpse at how others think & feel

A very descriptive story with artistic imagery, fitting to the art aspect. A glimpse of the inner workings of two people. Sad but felt real.

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