Memorial

Memorial

A funny, sexy, profound dramedy about two young people at a crossroads in their relationship and the limits of love.

Benson and Mike are two young guys who live together in Houston. Mike is a Japanese American chef at a Mexican restaurant and Benson's a Black day care teacher, and they've been together for a few years -- good years -- but now they're not sure why they're still a couple. There's the sex, sure, and the meals Mike cooks for Benson, and, well, they love each other.

But when Mike finds out his estranged father is dying in Osaka just as his acerbic Japanese mother, Mitsuko, arrives in Texas for a visit, Mike picks up and flies across the world to say goodbye. In Japan he undergoes an extraordinary transformation, discovering the truth about his family and his past. Back home, Mitsuko and Benson are stuck living together as unconventional roommates, an absurd domestic situation that ends up meaning more to each of them than they ever could have predicted. Without Mike's immediate pull, Benson begins to push outwards, realizing he might just know what he wants out of life and have the goods to get it.

Both men will change in ways that will either make them stronger together, or fracture everything they've ever known. And just maybe they'll all be okay in the end. Memorial is a funny and profound story about family in all its strange forms, joyful and hard-won vulnerability, becoming who you're supposed to be, and the limits of love.

Title:Memorial
Edition Language:English
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    Memorial Reviews

  • _ngallagher

    You learn about Ben and Mike as they unravel their own lives separately, together. Grief, pain and anger saturate each chapter but also the journey of falling in and out and back in love. The feelings...

  • Thomas

    I so loved the representation of queer men of color in Memorial. Beyond the importance of featuring both a queer Asian man and a queer Black man, Bryan Washington imbues these characters with depth. M...

  • Paris (parisperusing)

    “There’s this phenomenon that you’ll get sometimes—but not too often, if you’re lucky—where someone you think you know says something about your gayness that you weren’t expecting at all...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Library overdrive audiobook... read by Orlagh Cassidy We are introduced to a gay couple living together in Houston, Texas. Mike is Asian and works as a chef. Benson is African-American, and is a dayca...

  • Gabby

    This book ended up being just okay for me. Things I loved about this book include the diverse representation, reading about two queer men of color was really something special and something I'd like t...

  • Ron Charles

    “Memorial” is a profoundly sensitive story about the rough boundaries of love in a multicultural society. In fact, no other novel I’ve read this year captures so gracefully the full palette of A...

  • AnnaLuce

    “It's like we're in some fucked-up rom-com, I said. It's like we're both fucked-up rom-com villains.” Maybe it's my fault for 'hyping' myself too much but I found Memorial to be a wee bit disappo...

  • Anna Avian

    I listened to the audiobook and let me just say this – Bryan Washington’s voice, narrating Benson, is so extremely monotonous and lacking emotion it almost put me to sleep several times. This book...

  • mwana

    Meet Benson and Mike. In Benson's own words: It's like we're in some fucked-up rom-com, I said. It's like we're both fucked up rom-com villains. These are two flawed men shaped by many thin...

  • Jessica Woodbury

    One reason I read less so-called "literary fiction" these days is that so much of it feels the same. The same characters in the same places doing the same things. But with MEMORIAL everything is refre...