Riverhead Books




Real Life

Brandon Taylor

Named one of the most anticipated books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar, BuzzFeed and more, Brandon Taylor’s Real Life is a novel of startling intimacy, violence, and mercy among friends in a Midwestern university town. An introverted young man from Alabama, Walter is Black and queer, and he has left behind his family without escaping the long shadows of his childhood. 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 the community.