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Memorial by Bryan Washington


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Memorial by Bryan Washington
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Oct 27, 2020 | ISBN 9780593087275

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Praise for Bryan Washington
National Book Award 5 Under 35
Winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
Winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize
LOT was one of Barack Obama’s “Favorite Books of the Year”

Praise for Memorial

Memorial is a true page-turner. I was entranced, picking this book up every chance I got. Bryan Washington is a great writer and I love the story he tells here. Intriguing. Each character stays with me.”
—Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red At the Bone and Another Brooklyn

Memorial dares to insist on the mundane, thoroughly lived life as a site of perennial hope, joy, and abundance. It casts a fresh take on the American family that becomes truer because of its disparate origins, the queerness of its genesis, and the buoyed wonder it finds in surviving grief and loss towards the rare and forgiving ground of difficult, hard-won love. All of this done in sentences clean and clear as cut glass. This book, in what feels like a new vision for the 21st century novel, made me happy.”
—Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

“I was entranced by this deeply original and wholly absorbing novel. Bryan Washington creates characters who are complex, interesting, and three dimensional, and made me care about every single one of them. This book made me think about the nature of love, and family, and anger, and grief, and love again.” 
—Jasmine Guillory, author of The Wedding Date and The Proposal

“Brilliantly details the smallest moments that mean the absolute most, the heartbreakingly human limitations of how we love one another, and with all its many roommates and zip codes and implications, Memorial beautifully rests in how difficult it is to ever truly go home.”
—Kiley Reid, author of Such a Fun Age

“Bryan Washington’s Memorial is stunning. Everything happening in this book is so intimate, sensual, and wise. It is a funny book with much sadness and love. It is a story about relationships, and family, and what it means to have and not have home, in Houston, Texas, and in Osaka, Japan. It is also a surprising page-turner. The scenes and characters here couldn’t be more alive and vivid. I love this book.”
—Tommy Orange, author of There, There
“Bryan Washington is an expert in illuminating the way we love. Memorial perfectly captures the lives lived in-between what we do and what we say, what we need and what we allow ourselves to have. It is a beautiful heartbreak.”
—Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk
“Tender like a bruise, Memorial is a novel of uncommon depth and feeling. It is about everything that matters in life: love, loss, community and communion. Bryan Washington will take your breath away.”
—Katie Kitamura, author of A Separation

“Tender, funny, and heartbreaking, this tale of family, food… and growing apart feels intimate and expansive at the same time.” —★Publishers Weekly, STARRED review★

“Vividly written… Washington’s novel is richly layered and thrives in the quiet moments between lovers and family members…. There is passion in this novel—fight scenes, sex scenes, screaming matches, and tears—but it reaches a deep poetic realism when Washington explores the space between characters… A subtle and moving exploration of love, family, race, and the long, frustrating search for home.” —★Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review★

Praise for Lot
 “Audacious…. Washington is a one-man border-eradicating crew.” —Luis Alberto Urrea, New York Times Book Review
“A treat and an inspiration to witness.” —Ocean Vuong, GQ
“A brilliant display of raw talent…. This is the literature that I’ve been waiting for.” —Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Patsy and Here Comes the Sun
“The promise Washington displays is real and large.” —Dwight Garner, New York Times
“Stunning… It’s hard to overstate what an accomplishment Lot is.” —Michael Schaub, NPR
“Funny, sad, wise & very alive in the best way.” —Curtis Sittenfeld (Twitter)
“The kind of stories I am always longing to read.” —Justin Torres, author of We the Animals
“Gut-wrenching and powerful.” —Cosmopolitan
Lot spills over with life – funny, tender, and profane.” —Entertainment Weekly

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