Real Life - Reading Guide
Guide to Brandon Taylor’s powerful debut, with its themes of micro-aggression, abuse, racism, homophobia, trauma, grief and alienation
Brandon Taylor’s deeply affecting story about the emotional cost of reckoning with desire and overcoming pain, which deftly zooms in and out of focus.
His father died a few weeks ago, but Wallace didn’t go back for the funeral, and he hasn’t told any of his friends. Instead, Wallace has spent all summer in the lab breeding a strain of microscopic worms. Self-preservation requires distance. Over the course of one end-of-summer weekend, however, the destruction of his work and a series of confrontations force Wallace to grapple with both the trauma of the past and the question of the future.
Actor Paapa Essiedu performs a reading from 2020 Booker Prize-shortlisted author Brandon Taylor’s book, Real Life.
This was originally streamed during The Booker Prize 2020 winner ceremony.
I think close observation is just how I make sense of the world. I don’t know how to be any other way