Lot

Lot Review

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 boys.

This boy and his family experience 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 his wing, and a reluctant chupacabra.

Bryan 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 forms.

Title:Lot
Edition Language:English

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    Lot Reviews

  • Michael

    I read and reviewed this book for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found.Introspective and understated, Lot gives voice to the silenced pain of Houston’s Black and Latinx working class. ...

  • Edward Lorn

    "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 wit...

  • Book of the Month

    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 wi...

  • Traci at The Stacks

    Some great stories in this book. Half follow one family, the other half follow their neighborhood. Black and brown and queer and poor and great. Kind of dark kind of fun. Really well done and accessib...

  • Maxwell

    [3.5 stars]A moving and unique collection of stories set in Houston, TX. I enjoyed that nearly half or more of the stories were told from the perspective of one character, while the others sprinkled t...

  • Bobbieshiann

    “You bring yourself wherever you go. You are the one thing you can never run out on”.Have ever read a book that you finally get into and in the end, you don’t know how to review it?? Well that i...

  • Heather

    **I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.**I enjoyed the stories in this book. About half of them were connected, and it was very interestingly done. They're all about coming...

  • Jaclyn Crupi

    I am very much on the hunt for short stories by and about minority voices and this was perfect. I don’t know Houston but I feel like I do now. Inter-connected short stories make for a particularly s...

  • Aja Gabel

    This book is as good as everyone says it is. Haunting and powerful. ...

  • Eli

    (I received this book for free via this site's giveaway program.)I'm going to say something about this book that sounds like a compliment, but I don't mean it that way. So, if you're reading this revi...