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Lot (Paperback)Bryan Washington (author)
Winner of the Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize 2020
Stories of a young man finding his place among family and community in Houston, from a powerful, emerging American voice.
In an apartment block, the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He's working at his family's restaurant, trying to dodge his brother's fists and resenting his older sister's absence. He's also discovering he likes boys...
All around him his friends and neighbours experience the tumult of living in the margins. Their stories - of living, thriving and dying across the city's myriad neighbourhoods - are stitched throughout the boy's life to reveal a young woman caught out in an affair, the fortunes of a rag-tag baseball team and a group of young hustlers, a local drug dealer who takes a Guatemalan teen under his wing, and the fate of a camera-shy mythical beast. With brilliant and soulful insight into what makes a community, a family and a life, Lot is about love in all its unsparing and unsteady forms.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 20 mm
'Audacious... Profound' - New York Times
'Enthralling... Subtle but bruising' - Guardian
'Gut-wrenching and powerful' - Cosmopolitan
'A superb book' - Max Porter, author of Lanny
'A treat and an inspiration to witness' - Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
'Stunning... one of the strongest literary debuts in several years.' - NPR
'Washington cracks open a vibrant, polyglot side of Houston about which few outsiders are aware' - New York Times
'Washington's prose sings with vibrancy' - The Rumpus
'Phenomenal' - Justin Torres, author of We the Animals
'Lot spills over with life - funny, tender, and profane' - Entertainment Weekly
'Generous, powerful, deeply engrossing' - R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries
'A brilliant display of raw talent' - Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the Sun
'Unflinching... a prodigious talent.' - Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day and Pym
'Raw, soulful and moving' - Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins
'A thrilling new voice in American fiction and one to watch' - Amelia Gray, author of Isadora
'Raw, empathic and wise... achingly intimate and brilliantly panoramic' - Stefan Merrill Block, author of The Story of Forgetting
'Will stay with you for a very long time... powerful' - Jamel Brinkley, author of A Lucky Man
'Depicts its author's hometown of Houston with empathy, tragedy, and exceptional specificity' - Entertainment Weekly
'Washington's debut reads like a love letter to Houston' - New York Times
'Empathetic and honest, tender and brutal at once, Lot quips with humour and explores grief and each stop in between. Lot feels like a living, breathing book... As debuts go, these characters and prose leap from the page.' - Heather McDaid, The Skinny
'Extraordinary' - Southern Living
'Lot belongs foremost to its characters, who ask to be remembered, even long after their pages have turned.' - Paris Review
'[F]unny, sad, wise & very alive in the best way' - Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Sisterland (Twitter)
'Stellar... a remarkable collection from a writer to watch.' - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
'Brutal, raw and blisteringly brilliant... Outstanding.' - Attitude
'Compassionate, observant, tough; often funny, always authentic' - The Big Issue
'Visceral and raw... beautifully delicate prose... A terrific read!' - Irish Times
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I’m so glad I found this book, was attached the whole way through and couldn’t put it down for days. I recommend 10/10 to anybody, lgbtq+ or not. Will definitely be in my 2020 recommendations.
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