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Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Specialises in: 

Novels, short stories, and lyric essay.

Services offered:

Three and six month mentoring, Mini, Midi and Mighty Manuscript Shakedowns. 

About Rowan: 

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is the author of the novel Harmless Like You which was a New York Times Editors’ pick. She has received an Authors’ Club First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award, was shortlisted for the 2017 Desmond Elliott Prize, longlisted for the 2016 Jhalak Prize and shortlisted for the 2016 Books Are My Bag Breakthrough Author Award. Her second novel, Starling Days is out in July 2019. 


Her other work has appeared in places like Granta, the Guardian, and The Atlantic.

Harmless Like You: 


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.

HARMLESS LIKE YOU is an unforgettable novel about the complexities of identity, art, adolescent friendships and familial bonds, offering a unique exploration of love, loneliness and reconciliation.

'The kind of novel our century deserves--a brilliantly conceived, beautifully written transnational novel about multiracial identity, motherhood, the struggle to be an artist, and the struggle to belong to your family. This marks the debut of an important new voice in fiction.' - Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night

'With its combination of poetry and pizzazz...this debut announces a startling talent.'

'Buchanan's prose is visceral, startling and mind-bendingly gorgeous. . . .worth reading for the beauty and originality of the prose, for the questions Buchanan raises about art and heritage, and for the characters who are sometimes as maddening as they can be magnificent.'

'This brilliant debut novel by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is cause for celebration.' Lorrie Moore

Read more about Rowan's debut Harmless Like You here >>

More resources:


Twitter: @RowanHLB

Listen to Rowan on The Riff Raff Podcast

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