Lot: Stories

Bryan Washington

In his debut collection of short stories, Bryan Washington demonstrates the depth and dynamism of his native Houston, which embodies so many of the subjects at the crosshairs of national debate: diversity, borders, identity. Several of the stories are told by a narrator who is, in his own words, “too dark for the blancos, too Latin for the blacks.” The self-reflective character is discovering he’s gay and grappling with his father’s abandonment. In Washington’s insightful collection, readers also witness an affair between a Jamaican woman and a white man, and are introduced to hurricane survivors and drug dealers, among other indelible characters.

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