Indies Introduce


  • Lot: Stories, Bryan Washington
    Riverhead Books, 9780525533672, March 19, 2019 (Fiction)


    “A brilliant, powerful portrait of a Houston rarely—if ever—seen but aching to be painted. With a command that jumps off the page, Bryan Washington has masterfully filled that void. His characters will grab you by the throat and heart, make you laugh, and make you cry as they navigate the vagaries of living life, loving, and feeling the heartbeat of ‘home.’”

    Pam Stirling, East Bay Booksellers (Oakland, CA)


    “Bryan Washington has created a complete world with these interconnected short stories illuminating lives on the margins in Houston. Nothing short of mesmerizing, it’s difficult to look away from the voyeuristic views on offer. Because what’s to be found here among all the failings of humanity—betrayal, addiction, exploitation, apathy—are its strengths: loyalty, resilience, acceptance, and an endless capacity for love, all sharply drawn in this debut collection that reads like a career-defining masterpiece.”

    Erin Ball, Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park, WA)


    “Bryan Washington’s stories embrace a Houston that is a riot of cultures crossing boundaries. They frankly address racial, sexual, and economic realities, and how they all collide and converge. Alternating glimpses into the life and loves of a boy growing up black, Latino, and gay binds the work together to create a rich, immersive saga. Lot is impossible to put down.”

    Myles Mickle, Village Square Booksellers (Bellows Falls, VT)

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