Short stories by Bryan Washington

Bryan Washington is a writer from Houston. His fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Timesthe New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerThe New York Times Style MagazineTIME MagazineBuzzFeedthe BBCVultureThe Paris ReviewBoston ReviewThe CutTin HouseOne StoryBon AppétitMUNCHIESAmerican Short FictionGQFADERThe AwlThe BelieverHazlitt, and Catapult, where he wrote a column called “Bayou Diaries”. He’s also a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 winner, a New York Public Library Young Lions Award recipient, an Ernest J. Gaines Award recipient, an International Dylan Thomas Prize recipient, a Lambda Literary Award recipient, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Fiction award, a PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize finalist, a National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize finalist, and the recipient of an O. Henry Award. He is currently the Writer-In-Residence at Rice University.  His bestselling first novel, Memorial, dropped on October 27th. The New York Times called it a Notable Book of 2020 and TIME called it one of their books of the year. So did the Los Angeles Times, the Washington PostEntertainment Weekly and Vanity Fair. You can read an excerpt of it here at The New Yorker. And also another one at Entertainment Weekly. It was also nominated for The Aspen Literary Prize, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and The Center for Fiction’s 2020 First Novel PrizeYou can order it here, or from your local indie, or from mine

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After watching his father's infidelity slowly poison the family dynamic and his mother's happiness, a young, gay Afro-Latinx boy meets his father's mistress.

A black teenage boy experiences a brief and fragile relationship with his Mexican neighbor who recently migrated to the U.S. As two boys who explore their sexuality together, they find solace in their simple yet intimate experiences despite struggles at home with parents.

In downtown Houston, a teenage boy hustles for an older pimp and navigates an increasingly intimate relationship with one of his clients. He also keeps the pimp’s HIV diagnosis a secret from the rest of their crew.