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Sorry, Bro: 03/08/23
Sorry, Bro by Taleen Voskuni (2023) is an Armenian-American romance set in San Francisco and the peninsula. Nar's non-Armenian boyfriend proposes on the night before he leaves for an extended trip to Germany. Taken by surprise and underwhelmed by the location (a loud, German themed restaurant), she demurs from giving an answer.
By the time Nar is home — a house she shares with her widowed mother — she has decided to try dating Armenian men. Though she's older than many of the minglers, she re-enters the Armenian dating scene. What she's not expecting, even though she's bi, is the fall head over heels for a woman who embraces Armenian history and culture in ways Nar has been avoiding.
It was fascinating seeing the Bay Area from a queer Armenian perspective. Nar's journey to reconnect with her culture and to face the on-going racism head on makes for a compelling story all on its own. Her friendship and ultimately romance with Erebuni makes this novel all the more special.