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Lot: Stories di Bryan Washington
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Lot: Stories (edizione 2019)

di Bryan Washington

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"Phenomenal" --Justin Torres, author of We the Animals "Brilliant" --Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the Sun "A profound exploration of the true meaning of borders." --The New York Times Book Review 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.… (altro)
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Titolo:Lot: Stories
Autori:Bryan Washington
Info:Riverhead Books, Kindle Edition, 236 pages
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Lot: Stories di Bryan Washington

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    That Time I Loved You di Carrianne Leung (rjuris)
    rjuris: Linked stories, city/suburban life, immigrant life, lgbtq
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Stunning. Ugly, smelly, sad, dirty, hopeless -- and rich, nuanced, and endlessly compelling. Washington writes about people I don't see written about, and who I mostly don't know, but somehow I know they are real and I sense that he got it right. These people hanging on for dear life on the edges of a thriving city, doing so in a subculture that rejects them and that they reject (or at least try to.) Jan runs to her "whiteboy," and he treats her well, gives her and her children security, but no matter how beige she goes she doesn't really fit. She fights so hard against her imposter syndrome, but it comes out in her attempted antipathy for everything and everyone she really loves. Javi, seeing he is going down, grasps the last possible foothold but ends up as he would have if he had stayed in the neighborhood. And Nicolas, he has so fully internalized everyone's loathing for his queer self that he cannot allow himself anything good no matter how hard he works. He cannot make himself leave a neighborhood where he is hated and which he hates. These central characters and those around them are all one stroke of bad luck away from homelessness (or in fact have already succumbed.) The streets of the hood provide precious little joy, but it is at least theirs, for the moment. With gentrification redrawing the boundaries even their meager shitty holdings are tenuous or gone.

My two favorite stories were Waugh and Shephard. Those stories broke my heart as I knew deep down with every sentence where we were heading, and I knew that the endings were inevitable. These people, whom we had gotten to know a bit, needed to destroy anything soft or lovely or humane that might be part of their existence. There seemed no choice. I was also awed by the final story which truly brought together the whole. It might have even ended with some hope, but the rest of the book had taught me not to trust that. ( )
  Narshkite | May 8, 2021 |
Poetic narrative that borders on something resembling rap - rhythmic and profound, the linked stories are based on life in Houston, Texas. Provides insight into the lives of Latin Americans finding their way in a city to which it is difficult to adjust. This is a heartfelt, poignant and rough read. Read it to see what others see and feel when they try to adjust to the expat/immigrant experience. Focused on one family, a boy coming out of the closet, his lovers and a group of hustlers. Poignant and disturbing, but full of raw life. This book is not particularly uplifting but it is certainly transformative. Evocative of something we know exists, but of which we can only partially understand. ( )
  dbsovereign | Oct 2, 2020 |
DNF at page 198 and there are 222 pages. I couldn't force myself to keep reading, even though I had so little left to go. Only one of the stories really grabbed me (the one about the chupacabra) and even then, the grip wasn't that tight. Too much superfluousness that didn't aid or provide detail to the stories. It felt a little too try-hard in terms of being poetic.

The rest read like an ode to Houston highways and neighborhoods, which there's obviously nothing wrong with, but I just couldn't bring myself to care. There was nothing that really made me like any of the characters or their backgrounds or what they'd done or were doing.

Oh well. ( )
  Slevyr26 | Jul 31, 2020 |
This was a vivid and affecting window onto a place and population I wasn't well acquainted with before. While I read fiction for many reasons, one of them is to visit lives unlike my own—when it's done well it's like traveling, eye-opening and engaging. Washington's writing swings from rough to smooth, bluff to sweet (but never maudlin, no matter how harsh a picture he's painting), with a great dose of compassion floating beneath the surface at all times. Very good work—unpredictable, satisfying, kind. ( )
1 vota lisapeet | Jun 20, 2020 |
This book ended up on many 2019 top 10 lists. It is a debut short story collection and it was very good. It is a series of stories and has a main character who shows up in many of them. s This provides the book with a novel like continuity. Most of the characters are a mix of latino, black, and gay. They are also poor and dealing with life in Houston. The stories deal with the tail end of our society and with many of the groups that deal with the issues of racial, sexual, and economic discrimination that is at the forefront of our national discourse. The language is very "street" and is sometimes a little hard to follow. However it gave the stories a rhythm that reflected the nature of the subject matter. This was not a happy collection but for me it was another opportunity to look at the life of people at the lower rung of the ladder. This was a worthwhile read and as a debut I look forward to more from Washington as he has his first novel coming out in the fall. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Jun 7, 2020 |
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"Phenomenal" --Justin Torres, author of We the Animals "Brilliant" --Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the Sun "A profound exploration of the true meaning of borders." --The New York Times Book Review 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.

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