PLEASE NOTE: Due to your overwhelming support, order processing may be delayed by 2-3 business days. We are working hard to get these incredible books to you ASAP! Please contact us if you have any questions about your order. THANK YOU!

Real Life by Brandon Taylor (Back-Order, Sep 21)

Real Life by Brandon Taylor (Back-Order, Sep 21)

Reparations Club
Regular price
Sale price
Shipping calculated at checkout.



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

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.


  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (February 18, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525538887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525538882
  • UNSPSC Code: 55101500
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces