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Short Stories

Lot

Debut
We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Bryan Washington, on your first novel!

by Bryan Washington

Quick take

A young black Latino comes of age in Houston, Texas.

Good to know

  • Social Issues

  • Family Drama

  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

  • Literary

Challenging read

  • Nonlinear plot told through vignettes
  • Minimal punctuation

Why I love it

I’m the greediest kind of fiction reader, because I want it all. I want a book that grabs me in a headlock and won’t let me put it down without a fight. I want a book with characters and conflicts that pull me in. I want a book that haunts me long after I’ve read its final page. I want it to let me see the world in a fresh way that’s been there the whole time yet has eluded me so far. And I got al...

Synopsis

In the city of Houston—a sprawling, diverse microcosm of America—the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He's working at his family's restaurant, weathering his brother's blows, resenting his older sister's absence. And discovering he likes boys.

Around him, others live and thrive and die in Houston's myriad neighborhoods: a young woman whose affair detonates across an apar...

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March 2019 selections