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Author: Brandon Taylor

Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Copyright: 2020

Language: English

Real Life

A novel of rare emotional power that excavates the social intricacies of a late-summer weekend and a lifetime of buried pain. 

Almost everything about Wallace, an introverted African-American transplant from Alabama, is at odds with the lakeside Midwestern university town where he is working toward a biochem degree. For reasons of self-preservation, Wallace has enforced a wary distance even within his own circle of friends some dating each other, some dating women, some feigning straightness. But a series of confrontations with colleagues, and an unexpected encounter with a young straight man, conspire to fracture his defenses, while revealing hidden currents of resentment and desire that threaten the equilibrium of their community. 

Real Life is a gut punch of a novel, a story that asks if it's ever really possible to overcome our private wounds and buried histories and at what cost.

Author Bio

Brandon Taylor is the senior editor of Electric Literature's Recommended Reading and a staff writer at Literary Hub. His writing has earned him fellowships from Lambda Literary Foundation, Kimbilio Fiction, and the Tin House Summer Writer's Workshop. 

He holds graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in fiction. 

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