The past three months, I’ve gradually been shifting the volume in my stacks so that half of my reading is drawn from my own shelves, but I’m still borrowing lots of good books from the library. April is already a terrific reading month!
The Everyman’s anniversary edition of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1947) called to me from the shelves of my branch library after I watched a documentary on Kanopy. The scenes are rich and densely written, and sometimes required reading aloud to capture the detail therein.
The final volume of Gengorah Tagame’s My Brother’s Husband (2018) is best read leisurely as well. Ironically not because there are so many words, but because there is a lot of emotion behind the few words which present a brother’s grief over his twin’s death. His discomfort with the unexpected arrival of his brother’s lover in Japan, a young man from Canada who was alone with his grief overseas, forces a consideration of his own acceptance and understanding of his brother’s sexuality.
The living brother’s daughter in this series reminds of the titular character in Kiyohiko Azuma’s Yotsuba&! series. This 2016 volume is the 13th in the series and maintains the largely light-hearted (sometimes fleetingly bittersweet and nostalgic) tone of Yotsuba’s daily life. Food, excursions, games, time spent with the neighbours: nothing much happens, and yet it manages to be charming and optimistic. (She is my antidote to political news.)