Lot: Stories

Honoree, 5 Under 35 2019

ISBN 9780525533672
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
Bryan Washington

Bryan Washington is a writer from Houston. His fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time, Vulture, The Paris Review, The Best American Short Stories, and The Cut, among many others. More about this author >

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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 apartment complex, a ragtag baseball team, a group of young hustlers, hurricane survivors, a local drug dealer who takes a Guatemalan teen under his wing, a reluctant chupacabra.

Bryan Washington’s brilliant, viscerally drawn world vibrates with energy, wit, raw power, and the infinite longing of people searching for home. With soulful insight into what makes a community, a family, and a life, Lot explores trust and love in all its unsparing and unsteady forms.

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Bryan Washington reading from Lot. 2019 5 Under 35 Celebration

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