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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 explain in his dazzling debut novel The Commitments about a Dublin soul band Brother Jimmy said Joey The Lips I m worried About Dean Wha abou Dean He told me he s been listening to jazz What s wrong with tha Jimmy wanted to know Everything said Joey The Lips Jazz is the antithesis of soul I beg your fuckin pardon I ll go along with Joey there said Mickah See said Joey The Lips Soul is the people s music Ordinary people making music for ordinary people Simple music Any Brother can play it The Motown sound it s simple Thump thump thump thump That s straight time Thump thump thump thump See Soul is democratic Jimmy Anyone with a bin lid can play it It s the people s music An what s wrong with jazz Jimmy asked Intellectual music said Joey The Lips It s anti people music It s abstract It s cold an emotionless amn t I right said Mickah You are It s got no soul It is sound for the sake of sound It has no meaning It s musical wanking BrotherI love jazz In fact I listen to it every day Bryan Washington is playing jazz but through no fault of his own I m playing in a Dublin soul band right now I won t rate Lot because Washington is an excellent writer I m just not the audience for a language focused novel This book is beguiling echos filling the bottom of a well There s no humor and not much dignity among his characters who often talk in fortune cookie platitudes I need to read something that grabs me and pulls me into a real story Readers in the mood for Susan Straight would likely jam to this

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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 realities of the community he lives in this community of immigrantsAt the same time he comes to terms with his sexuality although he never views his encounters with other boys and men as anything than physicalThere are stories exploring the complicated relationships in broken families the expectations of masculinity the treatment of women as often little than sexual objects and maids and the menial and dangerous jobs boys and men living in these neighborhoods turn to Washington s stories explore what makes a community what makes a family what makes a lifeWashington s stories aren t uite happy Even those that appear to have a positive spin have a tinge of sadness or elements of disaster or trouble just around the corner But many of the stories work despite their tone because of Washington s tremendous writing ability his use of language his talent with imagery which conjures images of setting and character in your headWhile I didn t love all of the stories some really stuck with me including Alief in which a community reveals a neighbor s affair to her husband but is unprepared for the destruction that might cause 610 North 610 West where a son is brought face to face with his father s infidelity Shepherd which tells of how the visit of a cousin from Jamaica causes chaos among family members South Congress about an interesting relationship between a local drug dealer and a teenager who barely speaks English and my favorite story Waugh about a group of young hustlersI m a big fan of short stories although I ve not read many collections this year I was definitely struck by the power and poignancy of Washington s voice and I think Lot hints at the amazing career ahead of him See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoriablogspotcomCheck out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at

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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 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


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 new story collection is raw potent and packs a powerful emotional punchTaking place in Houston before and after Hur

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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 Washington fu

  3. says:

    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 commun

  4. says:

    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’

  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'v

  6. says:

    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 fro

  7. says:

    I was super excited to read Lot and after walking circles around it in bookstores for several weeks and throwing it tentative looks I eventually bought a copy and sat down to read it I knew it was a gay book by a Black ueer author and since I'm always trying to make my bookshelf gayer and diverse this was right up my alle

  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 t

  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 Hous

  10. says:

    35 starsA moving and uniue collection of stories set in Houston TX I enjoyed that nearly half or of the stories