Books & Spoken Word

Novel Writer: Brandon Taylor introduces his new novel

Date: Friday, Mar 26 2021
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Online

As part of the Novel Writers series, Brandon Taylor will be introducing his debut novel Real Life.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020, Real Life is a breathtakingly intimate exploration of queer black masculinity, loneliness, violence, desire and more.

In the novel, Wallace spent his summer in the lab breeding a strain of microscopic worms. He is four years into a biochemistry degree at a lakeside Midwestern university, a life that’s a world away from his childhood in Alabama. His father died a few weeks ago, but Wallace didn’t go back for the funeral, and he hasn’t told his friends – Miller, Yngve, Cole and Emma. For reasons of self-preservation, he has become used to keeping a wary distance even from those closest to him. But, over the course of one blustery end-of-summer weekend, the destruction of his work and a series of intense confrontations force Wallace to grapple with both the trauma of the past and the question of the future.

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By safiya bashir, Monday, Mar 8 2021

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