What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

Garth Greenwell's What Belongs to You appeared in early 2016, and is a short first novel by a young writer; still, it was not easily surpassed by anything that appeared later in the year....It is not just first novelists who will be envious of Greenwell's achievement."—James Wood, The New Yorker On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia’s National Palace of Culture. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler, and pays him for sex. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, drawn by hunger and loneliness and risk, and finds himself ensnared in a relationship in which lust leads to mutual predation, and tenderness can transform into violence. As he struggles to reconcile his longing with the anguish it creates, he’s forced to grapple with his own fraught history, the world of his southern childhood where to be queer was to be a pariah. There are unnerving similarities between his past and the foreign country he finds himself in, a country whose geography and griefs he discovers as he learns more of Mitko’s own narrative, his private history of illness, exploitation, and want. What Belongs to You is a stunning debut novel of desire and its consequences. With lyric intensity and startling eroticism, Garth Greenwell has created an indelible story about the ways in which our pasts and cultures, our scars and shames can shape who we are and determine how we love. A conversation between Garth Greenwell and Hanya Yanagihara is included inside the e-book edition.

- Google

The 1525th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 7th on A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon (Vulture)
  2. - 33rd on The 40 Best Novels of the 2010s (Paste Magazine)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
What Belongs to You: A Novel Kindle Edition 85118 2016
What Belongs to You Paperback 10994256 $10.51 $2.70
Lo que te pertenece (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 1322893 2018
What Belongs to You: A Novel Paperback 113297 $8.00 $3.50 2016
What Belongs to You Hardcover 8519523 $2.92
What Belongs to You: A Novel Hardcover 165917 $14.99 $7.03 2016
Lo que te pertenece/ What Belongs to You (Spanish Edition) Paperback 3565920 $12.60 $12.35 2018