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 ...more
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My immediate response when I started reading was that Taylor writes amazing dialogue between men. The restraint, often amid great emotional feeling, of many of the ...more
REAL LIFE follows Wallace, an introverted biology grad student in the Midwest, a Southern gay black man navigating the predominately white higher ed, over the course of a single late summer weekend. The writing is profound & beautiful. Wallace, ...more
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 ways in which white supremacy plays out in a white-dominant Midwestern friend group, queer love and queer infatuation. ...more
There are novels you read which transcend "reading", and, instead, vibrate and resonate so deeply in your soul, you feel connected to the world in a way you had not before, because you can say of the author, "Ah, there is someone who understands my experience, my life, my heart, the very marrow of my bones, my substance."
Brandon Taylor's debut novel explores the bloodcurdling-ly terrifying experience of learning to live with one's pain, one's damage, one's ...more
Wallace’s father has just passed away, unknown to his grad school friends at the beginning of the novel. In fact, many things are unknown to those friends. Their ...more
Wallace is a highly observant, sensitive, Black, gay, introverted microbiology graduate student finding his way at a white-majority university. A recent death in his family acts as a catalyst to stutter-start his re-engagement with real life and the people its brought to him.
This is a story of ways through and ways around real life: flinching approaches to vulnerability and trust as an adult with a flimsy ...more
I cannot stress enough how emotional this book made me. It is the story of a weekend in the life of Wallace, a black, gay graduate student at a Midwestern university. What struck me the most was Taylor's carefully crafted prose, which slowly unfolded in an intricately meaningful way. Even when what was being said was hard to read, it was still beautiful. I couldn't help but picture it as if as a movie- slow camera pans, bright but ...more
Gorgeous and violent and heartbreaking. Genuine CW for sexual assault and homophobia.
I wanted to take my time with this book, and I’m really glad that I did. Brandon Taylor can fucking write. My heart ached while reading this piece. Wallace’s story felt like my own story, and also kind of reminded me of Moonlight, which is a compliment in my opinion. Honestly, it’s such an amazing debut and I know that it can only go up from here.