The Read-Write-South book club discusses new Southern Literature, featuring a few books by Hub City Press. Meet us on zoom on Wednesday, June 24th to discuss Brandon Taylor's Real Life. Book Club will begin at 6 p.m. Enjoy reading!
A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE
A novel of startling intimacy, violence, and mercy among friends in a Midwestern university town, from an electric new voice.
“[Real Life is] a sophisticated character study of someone squaring self-preservation with a duty to tolerate people who threaten it. The book teems with passages of transfixing description, and perhaps its greatest asset is the force of Wallace’s isolation, which Taylor conveys with alien strangeness.” —The New Yorker
Almost everything about Wallace is at odds with the Midwestern university town where he is working uneasily toward a biochem degree. An introverted young man from Alabama, black and queer, he has left behind his family without escaping the long shadows of his childhood. 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 over the course of a late-summer weekend, a series of confrontations with colleagues, and an unexpected encounter with an ostensibly straight, white classmate, conspire to fracture his defenses while exposing long-hidden currents of hostility and desire within their community.
“A blistering coming of age story” —O: The Oprah Magazine
Real Life is a novel of profound and lacerating power, a story that asks if it’s ever really possible to overcome our private wounds, and at what cost.
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