Lot by Bryan Washington
Recommended by Marjorie:
The connection between the 13 short stories in this collection is family, community, sadness, and pain. Washington develops his characters well. They leave an impression that stays with us even when they leave us, often because of a violent act. This is a view of an urban neighborhood where blacks and latinos coexist, sometimes peacefully, sometimes not, but always go through the struggles of life all together.