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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, 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."--Inside dust jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525533672
Branch Call Number: SS WASH
Characteristics: 222 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 15, 2020

One thing I love about storytelling is that you get to see the world from the storyteller's perspective. And this storyteller's perspective is one I've never experienced before. There's a lot of hurt in the book, and it's like a bruise, it keeps on hurting after the initial hit. But the stories are really stellar, and the word choices and descriptions make you sit up and take notice. I mean, unkempt finances? skin like a sunburned peach? holy smokes.

Jan 13, 2020

Very human stories, most focused on a mixed race family in Houston trying their best to create a home, to find a community, to build the trust needed to forge bonds of love and friendship with others. Their daily struggles are moving.

Dec 05, 2019

If you’re not sure if you like short stories but you do love narrative propelled by strong imagery you should definitely read this book. You should probably read this book anyway, as it’s an excellent debut story collection that tenderly celebrates the city of Houston (Washington’s home) while exploring the challenges of gentrification, natural disaster, and racism that the city struggles with. The stories alternate between the continuing narrative of one particular character and a variety of other characters (or, in a few incredibly skillful stories, the point of view of an entire pick up baseball team and neighborhood). These stories carry you along so smoothly that it’s extra-delightful when a particular image or turn of phrase stops you in your tracks.

Oct 24, 2019

Reading one short story from this collection in the New Yorker led me to find the book, and I was not disappointed. Bryan Washington uses short, revealing descriptions and convincing dialogue to sweep you through the events of the stories. Incisive wit balances the straight forward descriptions of Houston, most story titles being the names of streets or neighborhoods. One family is the focus of most of the stories. The connections between the stories and the writer's skills make me look forward to hopefully a novel from him. What Sherwood Anderson did with Winesburg, Ohio (small town America), Bryan Washington does with Houston, Texas (sprawling, diverse urban America).

Jun 05, 2019

Best book I've read all year. Recommended if you like Junot Diaz, but I thought this was even better. The story that is this book's namesake will stay with me for a long time. I can't wait to see what else Bryan Washington writes.

May 02, 2019

This collection should have been titled, Jumbled Lot. I battled through a few of the stories here, but life is too short to be wasted on the forgettable. Sorry, maybe next time?


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