What Belongs to You (Paperback)
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Winner of the British Book Awards Debut of the Year 2017

Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize 2017

'What Belongs to You stands naturally alongside the great works of compromised sexual obsession such as Thomas Mann's Death in Venice... an essential work of our time' - Daily Telegraph 

On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia's National Palace of Culture. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler, and pays him for sex. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, their relationship growing increasingly intimate and unnerving.

As he struggles to reconcile his longing with the anguish it creates, he's forced to grapple with his own fraught history: his formative experiences of love, his painful rejection by family and friends, and the difficulty of growing up as a gay man in southern America in the 1990s.

Startlingly erotic and immensely powerful, What Belongs to You tells an unforgettable story about the ways our pasts and cultures, our scars and shames can shape who we are and determine how we love.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447280521
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 155 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Worthy of its comparisons to James Baldwin and Alan Hollinghurst as well as Virginia Woolf and W G Sebald . . . spellbinding . . . a novel of rejection and disgust, displacement and transcendence . . . I found myself trembling as I read it' - Evening Standard 

'A refreshingly slim, subdued and contemplative piece of work . . . Greenwell writes in long, consummately nuanced sentences, strung with insights and soaked in melancholy . . . What Belongs to You is an uncommonly sensitive, intelligent and poignant novel' - Sunday Times 

'A rich, important debut, an instant classic to be savored by all lovers of serious fiction because of, not despite, its subject: a gay man's endeavor to fathom his own heart' - The New York Times Book Review 

'With What Belongs to You American literature is richer by one masterpiece. The character Mitko is unforgettable, as all myths are. He reigns at the heart of this book, surrounded by the magic flames of desire' - Edmund White, author of A Boy's Own Story

'A powerful novel from a writer who seems destined to produce fine work in the years ahead' - John Boyne, Irish Times 

'What Belongs to You is a searching and compassionate meditation on the slipperiness of desire, the impossibility of salvation, and the forces of shame, guilt, and yearning that often accompany love, rendered in language as beautiful and vivid as poetry' - Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life

'What Belongs to You stands naturally alongside the great works of compromised sexual obsession such as Thomas Mann's Death in Venice... an essential work of our time' - Daily Telegraph 

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Angie at Glasgow Sauchiehall Street

“Greenwell has a true gift for the observation and articulation of human experience...a powerful, important book.”

So articulate, so eloquent. Some of the best gay literature I've read. More raw and modern than Hollinghurst, for example, representative of the new 'online' generation. A profound and poetic portrayal... More

Hardback edition
2nd May 2016
Helpful? Upvote 55

“A Desirous Debut”


I could write pages and pages about how 'deeply affecting' and 'masterly told' this story of contemporary love, loss and anguish are, how the prose style is that of a whisper, seducing and... More

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
22nd February 2016
Helpful? Upvote 47

“It packs a hard punch!”

The narrator of What Belongs to You is an American teacher, living in Bulgaria. When he meets Mitko, a sex worker, in a toilet, it appears to oppose his desire to settle down. This encounter, though brief, is repeated... More

Hardback edition
31st May 2016
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