Lot ~ Bryan Washington


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 neighbourhoods 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 has written for the New York Times, the New York Times MagazineNew York MagazineBuzzFeedThe Paris ReviewBoston ReviewTin HouseOne StoryGQFADERThe Awl, and Catapult. He lives in Houston, Texas.

Further reading

Read: Heirlooms, The New Yorker

Reviews: In Bryan Washington’s ‘Lot,’ Stories Reveal Houston’s Hidden Borders, The New York Times

Prompt: Write a scene where you are playing host to someone you don’t know very well. Aim for 150 words.

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