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The tumult of living in the margins the heartbreak of ghosts and the braveries of the human heart The stories of others living and thriving and dying across Houston's myriad neighborhoods are woven throughout to reveal a young woman's affair detonating across an apartment complex a rag tag baseball team a group of young hustlers the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey a local drug dealer who takes a Guatemalan teen under. Why I love itby Mat JohnsonI 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 all this and from Bryan Washington s LotLot is a linked collection of stories that reads

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His wing and a reluctant chupacabraBryan Washington's brilliant viscerally drawn world leaps off the page with energy wit and the infinite longing of people searching for home With soulful insight into what makes a community a family and a life Lot is about love in all its unsparing and unsteady formsLockwood Alief 610 North 610 West Shepherd Wayside Bayou Lot South Congress Navigation Peggy Park Fannin Waugh Elgi. In the days before COVID 19 in a time when one could get a book signed and meet an author I met Attica Locke at the LA Times Festival of Books I enthused on how brilliantly she brought the history and geography of our hometown of Houston to the page and she recommended Lot by Bryan Washington This reminded me of Susan Straight dark people overcoming poverty with language which is at times intoxicating but characters I m already forgetting and no story I can remember I uit this at the 20% mark I ll let Roddy Doyle

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Stories of a young man finding his place among family and community in Houston from a powerful emerging American voice 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 boysThis boy and his family experience. It didn t take long to see that there s the world you live in and then there are the constellations around it and you ll never know you re missing them if you don t even know to look up Lot Bryan Washington s new story collection is raw potent and packs a powerful emotional punchTaking place in Houston before and after Hurricane Harvey many of the stories focus on one young man the son of an erstwhile Latino father and a black mother as he grows into adulthood confronts the prejudice and the social and economic r


10 thoughts on “Lot Stories

  1. says:

    It didn't take long to see that there's the world you live in and then there are the constellations around it and you'll never know you're missing them if you don't even know to look up Lot Bryan Washington's ne

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    I read and reviewed this book for Lambda Literary where my full review can be foundIntrospective and understated Lot gives voice to the silenced pain of Houston’s Black and Latinx working class The collection of thirteen linked short stories alternates between tracking an unnamed narrator’s coming of age and exploring the diverse experiences of the boy’s fellow Houstonians In terse prose author Bryan Was

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    2020 UPDATE Won a Lambda Literary Award in the Gay Fiction category The Awards were announced on 31 May 2020Real Rating 48 of fiveThe Publisher Says Stories of a young man finding his place among family and community in Houston from a powerful emerging American voice In the city of Houston a sprawling diverse microcosm of America t

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    Kudos to Bryan Washington for writing a powerful gritty short story collection that centers Black and Latinx working class ueer voices The stories honor the impact of racism gentrification and poverty on the characters’ wellbeing while still ensuring that their individual stories and connections with one anothe

  5. says:

    Bayou and Navigation are high points in this fantastic collection The only miss here is the longest selection Waugh which I never connected with Elgin was the best possible tale to end with This is one of the best written debuts I've read I'll be watching out for future releases by this amazing authorYou can find my video review here

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    Why I love itby Mat Jo

  7. says:

    I was super excited to read Lot and after walking circles around it in bookstores for several weeks and throwing i

  8. says:

    34 These gritty linked stories set in Houston are hard to read I often felt like an outsider looking in My favorite stories are the those about the unnamed narrator and his family There is a tenderness and a yearning underneath his tough edges And finally in the last story my favorite we hear his name spoken with love

  9. says:

    In the days before COVID 19 in a time when one could get a book signed and meet an author I met Attica Locke at the LA Times Festival of Books I enthused on how brilliantly she brought the history and geography of our hometown of Houston to the page and she recommended Lot by Bryan Washington This reminded me of Susan Straight dark people overcoming poverty with language which is at times intoxicating but ch

  10. says:

    35 starsA moving and uniue collection of stories set in Houston TX I enjoyed that nearly half or of the stories were told from the perspective of one character while the others sprinkled throughout gave glimpses into the lives of various types of people around him in the city At times I found myself a bit disc

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