Lenni Reviews: “My Brother’s Husband” by Gengoroh Tagame

 

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Yaichi, a stay at home single dad, has been estranged from his twin brother, Ryoji, even since he moved to Canada. After Ryoji’s death, Mike Flanagan turns up in Japan in Yaichi’s doorstep introducing himself as Ryoji’s husband.

This is a very touching book. Mike and Kana – Yaichi’s daughter – are so endearing, I just wanna squish them. The pure innocence they exude is written in such a way that doesn’t seem pandering in the slightest. Yaichi slowly learning how to accept a homosexual man as a person with feelings and the mere existence of this man as undeniable proof that yes, his brother was really gay; is written at a very natural pace. He doesn’t magically flip to being completely open-minded or remain obstinately homophobic. Seeing his daughter’s innocent acceptance and Mike’s plain ole kind nature slowly change Yaichi’s way of thinking isn’t sappy or overly preachy (it is a little preachy) was a great read. 4.5 out of 5 and I would love to continue reading about these characters.

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