Communal Table Podcast: Bryan Washington

The Memorial novelist talks about showing up, growing up, and morning-after omelets.

Communal Table with Kat Kinsman featuring Bryan Washington
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Episode 85: Bryan Washington

Bryan Washington's extraordinary new novel Memorial shares the story of two men in love and at a crossroads in their four-year relationship, when some family dynamics shift and they have to reevaluate who they are in the world, and to one another. There's also a ton of great food on every other page. Washington joined Communal Table on a call from Houston, TX to talk about the care and feeding of loved ones, writing a place for himself in the contemporary fiction landscape (it helps when Barack Obama is already a fan of your work), and what holidays look like in communal isolation.

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