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Yield: A Novel

In this evocative and mesmerizing debut novel, Lee Houck depicts a contemporary Manhattan thrumming with sex and violence as seen through the eyes of Simon—a twenty-something part-time hustler with a cadre of loyal, sometimes floundering friends.

As Simon grows increasingly involved with a gorgeous, guileless client, he tries to navigate a path to fulfillment in a city where love and honesty are as dangerous as they are rare. Witty, spare and rapier-sharp, this is an exceptional story of the friendships that sustain us, the families we create, and the pain and joy that are always within reach.


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Praise for Yield:

"A moving debut….Solid, unsentimental storytelling distinguish Houck’s first time out." - Publisher’s Weekly

"Daring, graphic details, related in the first person, are brutal in rendering the emotional consequences of a gay-bashing, while Houck’s novel is shaped by candor, sweetness, and his protagonist’s genuine caring for his friends as he navigates the waters toward self-knowledge in this risky and affecting story. - Booklist

“Houck’s prose is strong and unapologetic, not shying away from either profanity or lyricism.  …sexy, horrifying and sensitive in equal measures.” -Lambda Literary

"Witty and wrenching, Yield is required reading for anyone who wants to know what it means to be young, gay and without a roadmap in today’s world." - Vestal McIntyre, author of Lake Overturn and Almost Tall

"Filled with characters who could be the grand-children of Edmund White’s." -Queerty

"Yield is a bold and shocking story concerned with humanism. It’s a dazzling and sometimes dangerous foray into post-queer realism." - Charlie Vazquez, author of Contraband

"Lee Houck has crafted an exuberant, often witty, always smart story about 20-something queers scrambling to make their way in contemporary Manhattan…Brisk and buoyant, Yield is an engaging debut that captures big city hustle with small-town heart." - Richard Labonte; series editor, Best Gay Erotica

"A sparkling entry from a promising young queer author." -ANX National