This month we are reading one of my favourite debuts of the past few years. Written in startlingly beautiful prose, Harmless Like You is set across New York, Berlin and Connecticut, following the stories of 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 who abandoned him when he was only two years old.
Exploring themes such as identity, art and familial bonds, the novel is breathtaking and lyrical, full of incisive observation and impact.
As always, there will be tea, wine, wine gums, and other various nibbles on offer. Talking books with you all is the perennial highlight of my month, and the warmth and candour in our group is, in my opinion, without peer. If you love fiction, please don’t be shy! We always welcome new faces. – Matt