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Real Life
by Brandon Taylor

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    List Price: $26.00
    Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    ISBN13: 9780525538882
    Imprint: Riverhead Books
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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    Book Description:
    Named one of the most anticipated books of the year by Entertainment Weekly and Electric Literature.

    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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