By Garth Greenwell
A haunting novel of erotic obsession by way of an important new talent
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 will pay him for intercourse. He returns to Mitko repeatedly over the following couple of months, drawn by means of starvation and loneliness and threat, and unearths himself ensnared in a dating within which lust results in mutual predation, and tenderness can remodel into violence. As he struggles to reconcile his longing with the ache it creates, he’s compelled to grapple together with his personal fraught heritage, the realm of his southern adolescence the place to be queer was once to be a pariah. There are unnerving similarities among his previous and the overseas nation he reveals himself in, a rustic whose geography and griefs he discovers as he learns extra of Mitko’s personal narrative, his inner most background of affliction, exploitation, and want.
What Belongs to You is a beautiful debut novel of wish and its effects. With lyric depth and startling eroticism, Garth Greenwell has created an indelible tale in regards to the ways that our pasts and cultures, our scars and shames can form who we're and be sure how we like.