My Brother's Husband, Volume 1

Title

My Brother's Husband, Volume 1

Authors

Gengoroh Tagame

Illustrator

Gengoroh Tagame

Publisher

Pantheon Books

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9781101871515

Pages

352 pages

Genre

realism

Format

graphic novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi's estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji's past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it's been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it.

Grade Level

9-12

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Single parent; Family member death; Divorce; Interracial; Gay/Lesbian; single father; death of a brother; death of an uncle; divorced parents; co-parenting; interracial marriage; gay; gay adults; gay uncle

Main Character

adult male

Race/Ethnicities

Asian (Japanese) / White (Canadian)

Family Formation

divorced mother and father

LGBTQ+

gay male

Awards

Alex Awards, 2018, Nominee, Young Adult
Translated YA Book Prize, 2019, Winner, Young Adult
YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2018 Fiction

Keywords

stay-at-home dad; twin; Tokyo, Japan; Canada; homophobia; widower; acceptance

Diversity Impact

direct

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