What Belongs to You: A Novel

What Belongs to You: A Novel

Garth Greenwell


On an unseasonably hot autumn day, an American instructor enters a public toilet underneath Sofia’s nationwide Palace of tradition. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic younger hustler, and can pay him for intercourse. He returns to Mitko many times over the following couple of months, drawn through starvation and loneliness and chance, and reveals himself ensnared in a courting within which lust ends up in mutual predation, and tenderness can rework into violence. As he struggles to reconcile his longing with the discomfort it creates, he’s pressured to grapple together with his personal fraught background, the area of his southern youth the place to be queer used to be to be a pariah. There are unnerving similarities among his earlier and the international nation he unearths himself in, a rustic whose geography and griefs he discovers as he learns extra of Mitko’s personal narrative, his deepest heritage of disease, exploitation, and want.

What Belongs to You is a gorgeous debut novel of hope and its results. With lyric depth and startling eroticism, Garth Greenwell has created an indelible tale concerning the ways that our pasts and cultures, our scars and shames can form who we're and confirm how we love.

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