At The New York Times, MJ Franklin profiles Houston-based author Bryan Washington and notes there is a theme of preservation running through Washington’s debut novel, Memorial. “The book preserves Houston and Osaka. It preserves the feeling of being young and lost. It preserves the food that gives us comfort and nourishment and purpose,” he writes. “But there is one thing Washington doesn’t want to preserve: the limited path for writers like him. He wants to evolve it.” Washington hopes that his upcoming novel, which was featured in our October Most Anticipated list, will create space for more unique stories. “Ideally, it’ll kick the stone a little further down the line for books that don’t hit quite down the middle of obvious marketability. And the next person will be able to work on their weird thing, and so will the folks after them.”
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