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The Late Americans

The Late Americans

From the Booker Prize shortlisted author of Real Life

by Brandon Taylor
Paperback
Publication Date: 20/06/2023

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The highly-anticipated new novel by the Booker-shortlisted author Brandon Taylor. An exploration of sex, love, identity and politics

Selected as a Best Book of 2023 by the Guardian, Irish Times, Harper's Bazaar, Esquire and i-D

The highly-anticipated new novel by the Booker-shortlisted author Brandon Taylor. An exploration of sex, love, identity and politics

In the shared and private spaces of Iowa City, a social circle of lovers and friends navigate tangled webs of connection as they try to figure out what they want, and who they are. At the centre of the group are three dancers: Ivan, tall and stoic, who is leaving ballet for a career in finance; Fatima, whose work ethic earns her both admiration and enmity; and Noah, who 'didn't seek sex out so much as it came up to him like an anxious dog in need of affection.'

As they test their own desires in a series of relationships - and in other, clandestine ways - they are buffeted by other volatile figures in town, from an unruly, vulnerable young poet to a local landlord nursing a lifetime of resentment. Finally, after a series of violent encounters, the group heads to a cabin to bid goodbye to their former lives, and waves of long-buried heartache resolve into moments of unexpected tenderness.

Filled with scenes of aching intimacy, The Late Americans is Brandon Taylor's richest and most involving work of fiction to date, confirming his position as one of our most perceptive chroniclers of loneliness and desire in contemporary life.

ISBN:
9781787334441
9781787334441
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20-06-2023
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Random House
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
320
Dimensions (mm):
215x137x22mm
Weight:
0.34kg
Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor is the senior editor of Electric Literature's Recommended Reading and a staff writer at Literary 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.

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