"Real Life" w/ Brandon Taylor & Fajr Muhammad
BRANDON TAYLOR, Author of Real Life
In Conversation w/
ABOUT REAL LIFE
Named one of the most anticipated books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Millions, and more.
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.
Brandon Taylor is the senior editor of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading and a staff writer at Lit Hub. His writing has earned him fellowships from Lambda Literary Foundation, Kimbilio Fiction, and the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction.
Fajr Muhammad is a writer from Philadelphia, PA. She earned her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and B.A. in English from Kutztown University. Her work has received fellowships from the Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop, the Rhode Island Writers Colony and the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat. She is currently at work on a novel.