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Real Life

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
A FINALIST FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE


“A blistering coming of age story” —O: The Oprah Magazine

 
Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, ElleThe Financial Times, Vulture, and Thrillist

A novel of startling intimacy, violence, and mercy among friends in a Midwestern university town, from an electric new voice.


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.  
 
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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Blew my Head and heart off." - Kiese Laymon


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Used availability for Brandon Taylor's Real Life

Hardback Editions

February 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Real Life: A Novel
Author(s): Brandon Taylor
ISBN: 0-525-53888-7 / 978-0-525-53888-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

October 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Real Life: A Novel
Author(s): Brandon Taylor
ISBN: 0-593-41851-4 / 978-0-593-41851-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


July 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Real Life: SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE
Author(s): Brandon Taylor
ISBN: 1-911547-74-7 / 978-1-911547-74-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Daunt Books
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Audio Editions

February 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Real Life: A Novel
Author(s): Brandon Taylor
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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February 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Real Life: A Novel
Author(s): Brandon Taylor
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Real Life: A Novel
Author(s): Brandon Taylor
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Real Life: A Novel
Author(s): Brandon Taylor
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Real Life
Author(s): Brandon Taylor
Publisher: Daunt Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


February 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Real Life: A Novel
Author(s): Brandon Taylor
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA