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Harmless Like You

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel (nominee)
Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book (nominee)
"Buchanan's debut is a beautifully textured novel, befitting the story of an artist." - Washington Post

Written in startlingly beautiful prose, Harmless Like You is set across New York, Connecticut, and Berlin, 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 his mother's abandonment of him when he was only two years old.

The novel opens when Yuki is sixteen 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 that asks - and ultimately answers - how does a mother desert her son?

Genre: Literary Fiction    

Praise for this book

"Rowan Hisayo Buchanan's passionate, gorgeously-written debut novel investigates harmlessness and harm, power and vulnerability, free will and fate." - Ellis Avery

"With kaleidoscopic prose and characters all too human, HARMLESS LIKE YOU is an unforgettable debut, as rich in darkness and light as it is in color." - Chloe Benjamin

"Sublime - calm, profound, beautifully controlled and with startling splashes of colour." - Chris Cleave

"This brilliant debut novel by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is cause for celebration." - Lorrie Moore

"What a beautiful book. So measured and confident for a debut - really impressive stuff." - Emma Jane Unsworth


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February 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Harmless Like You: A Novel
Author(s): Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
ISBN: 1-324-00074-0 / 978-1-324-00074-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Harmless Like You: Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017
Author(s): Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
ISBN: 1-4736-3832-1 / 978-1-4736-3832-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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Paperback Editions

July 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Harmless Like You: A Novel
Author(s): Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
ISBN: 0-393-35574-8 / 978-0-393-35574-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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May 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Harmless Like You: Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017
Author(s): Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
ISBN: 1-4736-3834-8 / 978-1-4736-3834-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Harmless Like You
Author(s): Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
ISBN: 1-4736-3833-X / 978-1-4736-3833-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

February 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Harmless Like You: A Novel
Author(s): Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
ISBN: 1-68168-469-1 / 978-1-68168-469-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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February 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Harmless Like You: A Novel
Author(s): Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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February 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Harmless Like You: A Novel
Author(s): Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

February 2017 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Harmless Like You: A Novel
Author(s): Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   


August 2016 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Harmless Like You: Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017
Author(s): Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Publisher: Sceptre
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Harmless Like You: Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017
Author(s): Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Publisher: Sceptre
Availability: Amazon UK