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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, their relationship growing increasingly intimate and unnerving.

As he struggles to reconcile his longing with the anguish it creates, he's forced to grapple with his own fraught history: his formative experiences of love, his painful rejection by family and friends, and the difficulty of growing up as a gay man in Southern America in the 1990s.

Startlingly erotic and immensely powerful, What Belongs to You tells an unforgettable story about the ways our pasts and cultures, our scars and shames, can shape who we are and determine how we love.

©2017 Garth Greenwell (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio
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  • 06-29-17

This is good!

In fact it's very good indeed. Beautifully drawn characters. Rich description. The writer draws you into their world so skillfully you feel like you are in Bulgaria with them. This is the best fictional novel I have read in a long time. It is recommended reading on a course I am due to do. I wouldn't have chosen it normally but am glad I did.

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  • 06-13-20

just enjoyed it

bloomin heck who'd want to go to Bulgaria anyway, especially if you're gay. keep away there is no penicillin, if you're poor you are done for, dogs roam in packs
but you have to read books like this to know.

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  • 05-26-22

Well written but performance was a bit much

Normally I love it when the author narrates the audiobook. I find it often gives a great insight into the way the book was supposed to be read. Greenwell however seems to be too close to the novel, every sentence is too grand and verging on pompous. It's as if he is saying, "oh listen to this one, this one is a REALLY good one". There is no variation in the cadence and the predictable wistfulness of the narration gets boring very quick. It's like 6 hours of a Keats poem.

I think this is a real shame because it is a very well written book - the language is beautiful, the characters are well developed, the plot is fine. Overall, I liked the themes and it had relatable aspects, but I just couldn't get over the pretentious narration.