An exquisite rendering of love, sadness, and misunderstanding . . . I want to share this book with everyone I know.’ The Paris Review
‘A poetic, hypnotic exploration of mental health’ Stylist
‘Buchanan is a novelist of talent and grace’ Scotland on Sunday

Mina is staring over the edge of the George Washington Bridge when a patrol car drives up. She tries to convince the officers she’s not about to jump but they don’t believe her. Her husband, Oscar is called to pick her up.

Oscar hopes that leaving New York for a few months will give Mina the space to heal. They travel to London, to an apartment wall-papered with indigo-eyed birds, to Oscars oldest friends, to a canal and blooming flower market. Mina, a classicist, searches for solutions to her failing mental health using mythological women. But she finds a beam of light in a living woman. Friendship and attraction blossom until Oscar and Mina’s complicated love is tested.

Announces a startling talent’ Guardian

‘Stylishly written . . . exceptional’ Literary Review

‘A refreshing, bold book’ Sunday Telegraph

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.

An unforgettable novel about the complexities of identity, art, adolescent friendships and familial bonds, offering a unique exploration of love, loneliness and reconciliation.


‘Slick and intelligent’ Stylist
‘This brilliant debut novel is cause for celebration’ Lorrie Moore

It’s always wonderful to order from your local independent bookseller. If you’d like to order online in the USA, I recommend you order from https://bookshop.org and in the UK from https://www.hive.co.uk/ .

If you want a signed or dedicated copy, you can order it from either Pages of Hackney or Burley Fisher Books. Just let the bookseller know and I’ll pop by.


Foreword by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Asian diasporic writers imagine “home” in the twenty-first century through an array of fiction, memoir, and poetry. Both urgent and meditative, this anthology moves beyond the model-minority myth and showcases the singular intimacies of individuals figuring out what it means to belong. 

Go Home! is published in collaboration with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Established in 1991, AAWW is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans through a New York events series and online editorial initiatives. 

“Language allows for many homes, and perhaps the writers—and readers of the anthology too—will succeed in returning home, or finding a home, through these words.” —NPR.org

“Effectively dismantling all sorts of stereotypes, Buchanan’s anthology gives voice to notions of identity, belonging and displacement that are much more vast, complex and textually rich than mere geography.” Shelf Awareness

“This powerful collection will push readers.” Publishers Weekly

“Messy, generous, and often electrifying.” Foreword Reviews

“Readers, no matter their background, will find much to enjoy and contemplate here.” Booklist

“Go home, whatever, whoever, however, wherever that might be, and take this book with you.” 8asians

“Bold and devastating. . . the very definition of reclamation.” The International Examiner

“The notion of home has always been elusive. But as evidenced in these stories, poems, and testaments, perhaps home is not so much a place, but a feeling one embodies. I read this book and see my people—see us—and feel, in our collective outsiderhood, at home.” —Ocean Vuong, author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds

“It reads like a loud urgent chorus about belonging and rejection—being here and there and nowhere at once.” Largehearted Boy

Go Home! is particularly timely now, but the quality and the variety of the writing included means that the anthology will be just as engrossing and important a read in years to come.” BUST Magazine

“A can’t-miss collection.” Book Riot

Short Work


Our Last Guest (Fiction)


The Guardian

Interview with My Grandmother (Interview / Nonfiction)

The Paris Review

The Library of Books and Bombs (Nonfiction)

The Rumpus

A Dyslexic’s Guide to Infinity (Essay)

Lit Hub

How to Write A Novel When Everyone You Love Might Be Losing It (Essay)

Electric Literature

The Stranger’s Tongue  (Essay)


In Between Stations (Essay)

The Harvard Review

Tigress (Essay)


The Woman Scared of Her Own Kimono (Essay)

An Agnostic’s Longing (Comic)

The Cactus Mother (Essay)

The White Review

The Giving Up Game (Fiction)

The Margins (AAWW)

Then I Was Blue (Fiction)

Indiana Review

Common Tongue (Graphic Memoir)

Tin House

An Etymology for Writers (Comic)

Literary Insults (Comic)

The Names of Trees (Essay)

Women Gone Wild (Review / Thought Piece) 

Apogee Journal

Rebuke The Wind (Fiction Print) Pushcart-Nominated <3