P&P Live! Bryan Washington — MEMORIAL - with Kristen Arnett

Upcoming Event
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 7:00pm

In Memorial, 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 daycare teacher, and they've been together for a few years -- good years -- but now they're not sure why they're still a couple.

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.

Washington will be in conversation with Kristen Arnett, a queer fiction and essay writer. She won the 2017 Coil Book Award for her debut short fiction collection, Felt in the Jaw. Her latest book, Mostly Dead Things, was named A Best Book of the Year pick by the New York Times, NPR, The New Yorker, and more.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Fiction & Poetry
Memorial: A Novel By Bryan Washington Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593087275
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 27th, 2020

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