I wrote a book and I think you’d love it—it’ll drop on March 19, 2019 from Riverhead Books. Entertainment Weekly says it’s one of their 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2019, Buzzfeed is hyped, along with The Millions and Barnes & Noble, the Huffington Post is excited about it, Nylon said some incredibly kind things, Lit Hub mirrored their sentiments, the ABA folks called Lot an Indie Bookseller’s Spring 2019 Pick, and The Rumpus is also “eagerly anticipating” it.

In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly says “Washington debuts with a stellar collection in which he turns his gaze onto Houston, mapping the sprawl of both the city and the relationships within it, especially those between young black and brown boys… This is a remarkable collection from a writer to watch.” 


Lot is a phenomenal debut, the kind of stories I am always longing to read. I love the urgency, honesty, and vitality of Washington’s voice. I love these characters for where they’re from, and where they’re going, what they know, and what they reveal about trouble and love.”

Justin Torres, author of We the Animals


“Bryan Washington’s writing is refreshing — a brilliant display of raw talent, with gut-punching stories that deliver with a lasting force. This is the literature that I’ve been waiting for.”

—Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the Sun

Lot will affect you the way that cherished and, sometimes, painful memories do, with a quality like haunting, a sense that the encounter you’ve had is undeniably real and will stay with you for a very long time. What a thrill to inhabit—to live in, to navigate—the stories and people that make up Bryan Washington’s powerful debut.”

Jamel Brinkley, author of A Lucky Man

“What a book. This is a generous, powerful, deeply engrossing collection of stories that will crack open your heart then put it back together again. Lot is indelible, and Bryan Washington is an important new talent.”

R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries

Lot is the confession of a neighborhood, channeled through a literary prodigy. Bryan Washington doesn’t render a world, he actually captures one, grabs it out of reality and holds it up for you to see it sparkle. Unflinching, romantic while refusing to romanticize, this is the debut of a prodigious talent.”

—Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day and Pym


“Bryan Washington’s voice has risen blazingly from Houston and now commands us to pay attention. Lot is as raw, soulful and moving as a story collection can get. It’s my favorite fiction debut of the year.”


Jami Attenberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Middlesteins and All Grown Up


“Bryan Washington gets Houston down on the page in a way I haven’t seen before; the city, in his hands, is revealed in all its strange and righteous glory, a fresh sense of youth that’s a pleasure to read. Bryan is a thrilling new voice in American fiction and one to watch.”  


—Amelia Gray, author of Isadora and Gutshot