• Bryan Washington
Cover of Memorial

Mike is a Japanese American chef at a Mexican restaurant. Benson is a Black day care teacher. Theyve been together for a few years, but now theyre not sure why theyre still a couple. Theres the sex, sure, and the meals Mike cooks for Benson, and, well, they love each other. When Mike finds out his estranged father is dying in Osaka just as his acerbic Japanese mother, Mitsuko, arrives in Houston for a visit, Mike picks up and flies across the world to say goodbye. In Japan he discovers the truth about his family and his past. Back home, Mitsuko and Benson are stuck living together, but their time together ends up meaning more than they ever could have predicted. As both men change, will it make them stronger together, or fracture everything theyve ever known?” --Adapted from jacket.


Washington, Bryan. Memorial. New York: Riverhead Books, 2020.