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Real Life
Real Life: A Novel | Brandon Taylor
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.
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rachelm
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I loved this. A grad student comes to grips with his life and purpose over the course of a single weekend. Race, privilege, and sexuality... and nemotodes.

Full review here:
https://rachelmansmckenny.com/2020/01/07/book-review-real-life-by-brandon-taylor...

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rachelm
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Nearly done with this one. Can‘t wait to review.

Oldest kid was home sick today so we‘ve been laying low and cuddling. Hard to let the work sit to the side for a while, but worth it for the cuddles and reading time.

Godpants Already have my hold on this! Hope it‘s a good one. 2w
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rachelm
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My kids set Captain America to guard the gifts and he looks like he can‘t wait...

My #weeklyforecast
🔈finish The Dutch House
📖continue Real Life
📕finish Starless Sea

LeahBergen 😆😆 1mo
merelybookish 👍👍 1mo
ReadingRachael Lol! 😂 1mo
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AlexGeorge
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I thought this was an astonishing debut. The writing is gorgeous, but it‘s the unblinking peeling back of emotion that will stick with me. Taylor navigates the darker troughs of need and desire, the knotty problem of how to exist in this world, with unerring accuracy and grace. Can‘t wait to sell the hell out of this when it comes out next February.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Ok, I‘m not gonna lie, I just really don‘t get all the hype. The writing is beautiful, but the story just didn‘t do a single thing for me. I felt very similarly when I finally read Less. #unpopularopinion

Cinfhen I bailed on Less 🙊 2mo
Cathythoughts I couldn‘t get into Less either 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
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AlexGeorge
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So far, so dazzling.

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sakeriver
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‪I have been a fan of Brandon‘s for some time now, so when I say that this book is everything I dreamed a Brandon Taylor novel could be, I mean that as high praise.‬ ‪It made me feel so many things. Rage, at times, to the point where I literally got goosebumps. And sadness and happiness. And, most interestingly, recognition—there were things about the protagonist that felt so familiar, in ways I found both comforting and unsettling. So well done.

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sakeriver
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DrexEdit As soon as I read in the book description that it was set at a midwestern lakeside university, I knew it was set in my hometown and I would have to read it.😊 it looks like a really good story though! Looking forward to your thoughts about it! 4mo
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Liberty
Real Life: A Novel | Brandon Taylor
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This skeleton Halloween decoration is supposed to be a wine bottle holder, but I found a much better use for it; or, “What is me after I am dead for $500, Alex.” (I named her Ermingard, aka, Ellen Raskin‘s middle name.) ☠️
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Also: I am sooooooooooo excited for this book!!! 🖤

vivastory That new Vandermeer cover is so trippy. I love it! 4mo
aprilpohren Lol! Love the pic!! 4mo
Hooked_on_books Brilliant! 4mo
OnlyYoo Hahaha that‘s so amazing 4mo
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