Real Life

by Brandon Taylor

Book Reviews

  • @_clarkekent Some good ones: Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams Patsy - Nicole Dennis-Bern Real Life - Brandon Taylor American Spy - Lauren Wilkinson The Right Swipe - Alisha Rai Basically any romance by Alyssa Cole, Talia Hibbert, or Jasmine Guillory; any book of essays by Samantha IrbyLink to Tweet

About Book

"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"--