Hugo House First Hill First Hill
Fri., Sept. 8, 7 p.m. 2017
Rowan Buchanan Hisayo's debut novel Harmless Like You is about '60s and '70s New York City, cross-cultural identity, global movement, inherited trauma, and gender—but centrally, it seems to focus on ideas of art and meaning. The protagonist of Harmless Like You is grappling with the decision to "become an artist," and all the interconnecting identity themes expressed in the book interact with and develop her ideas about creation and self-worth. Namara Smith at the New York Times describes Hisayo's writing as "lyrical and evocative, if occasionally overdone."