What Belongs to You

3.85 based on 1775 ratings & 328 reviews on Goodreads.com

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.

Sexually frank, deeply felt, and admirably constructed . . . [a] provocative tale
A brave and articulate psychological exploration of lust and desire
Publishers Weekly
This is a project of rare discernment and beauty, and it is not to be missed. A luminous, searing exploration of desire, alienation, and the powerful tattoo of the past

About Garth Greenwell

Garth Greenwell is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow. His novella Mitko won the Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award. His novel What Belongs to You has been widely acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic.

Read More

From our blogs

Pan Macmillan recommends...

Pan Macmillan recommends...

05 October 2016

By The Window Seat

Books are very much our bag here at Pan Macmillan so we asked bookworms across the office to recommend one book they would urge you pick up at your local bookshop this weekend.