Reading ➸ Real Life Author Brandon Taylor – 1sm.info

Real Life A Novel Of Startling Intimacy, Violence, And Mercy Among Friends In A Midwestern University Town, From An Electric New Voice 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



10 thoughts on “Real Life

  1. says:

    There is writing so exceptional, so intricately crafted that it demands reverence The intimate prose of Brandon Taylor s exquisite debut novel Real Life offers exactly that kind of writing He writes so powerfully about so many things the perils of graduate education, blackness in a predominantly white setting, loneliness, desire, trauma, need Wal


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    Brandon Taylor s Real Life is indisputably one of the best novels of our generation, and I say this because it is true Do you know how wonderful it feels to be represented as a gay black man and by one of our own Next to living, it is precisely the most euphoric feeling in the world, and so it is with immense joy that I could be one of this boo


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    Such a great combination of humor and seriousness, w surprising insights on intimacy I ll be thinking about this one for a long time There s also a breathless chapter I don t think I ll ever stop thinking about An amazing debut.


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    I tend to get a little personal in my book reviews, considering reading is a highly personal act for me I typically read not for escape but for self illumination But when books like the upcoming novel by Brandon Taylor, Real Life books so in tune with how I live and fear and love come along, I almost freeze up to talk about it.My immediate response when I start


  5. says:

    Real Life was an unmerciful novel that tore down the walls of the fiction we have all come to know and love Brandon Taylor manages to navigate pinpoint dialogue in the way only Rachel Cusk can currently do, and also descriptively break you by constant heartache and feelings towards his protagonist reminiscent of Toni Morrison and James Baldwin A feverish novel that


  6. says:

    PERFECT BOOK REAL LIFE was my most anticipated novel of 2020 I feel like I ve been reading Brandon Taylor s work forever, and remember clearly the day on Twitter when he got into Iowa This debut novel exceeded my expectations It s a stunner.REAL LIFE follows Wallace, an introverted biology grad student in the Midwest, a Southern gay black man navigating the predominately


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    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review Opinions are my own.This debut novel is a gift to the world of novels It is so quietly stirring that you won t know what hit you by the end Following an introverted PhD candidate named Wallace in close third person, Taylor skillfully weaves a story of friendship and superficiality, the subtle and ubiquitous


  8. says:

    30 11 19A sincere thank you to Riverhead Books for gifting me a copy of Real Life You can find me on


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    This too could be his life, Wallace thinks This thing with Miller, eating fish in the middle of the night, watching the gray air of the night sky over the roof next door This could be their life together, each moment shared, passed back and forth between each other to alleviate the pressure, the awful pressure of having to hold on to time for oneself This is perhaps why people get toge


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    I read this book as a first draft and just finished the ARC What strikes me between those two pieces of work is the way BT has shaved down the language to the sharpest most poignant themes There s no getting away from the harsh truths in this novel cruelty, feigned intimacy, racism, family and friendship I understand Wallace probably as well as I understand myself Sometimes he s wrong and s


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