Real Life by Brandon Taylor
Real Life, by Brandon Taylor
"How much of ourselves should we reveal to our friends? And does sharing past hurts with other people ever really help them heal? These are the questions at the heart of Taylor's story of Wallace, a quiet grad student who stands on the outskirts of his friend group until one fateful weekend, in which he comes under fire at work and one of his friendships takes an unexpected turn. Taylor writes with wisdom and intensity, and isn't afraid to let his characters be damaged and frustrating."
--Recommended by Erika
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.