"Phenomenal" (Justin Torres, author of We the Animals)
"Brilliant" (Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the Sun)
Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Nylon, Huffington Post, AV Club, and The Millions.
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.
"The kind of stories I am always longing to read. I love the urgency, honesty, and vitality of Washington’s voice. I love these characters for where they’re from, and where they’re going, what they know, and what they reveal about trouble and love." (Justin Torres, author of We the Animals)
"A brilliant display of raw talent, with gut-punching stories that deliver with a lasting force. This is the literature that I've been waiting for." (Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the Sun)
“Lot will affect you the way that cherished and, sometimes, painful memories do, with a quality like haunting, a sense that the encounter you've had is undeniably real and will stay with you for a very long time. What a thrill to inhabit - to live in, to navigate - the stories and people that make up Bryan Washington’s powerful debut.” (Jamel Brinkley, author of A Lucky Man)