Real Life

Real Life

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"A novel of rare emotional power that excavates the social intricacies of a late-summer weekend -- and a lifetime of buried pain. Almost everything about Wallace, an introverted African-American transplant from Alabama, is at odds with the lakeside Midwestern university town where he is working toward a biochem degree. 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 a series of confrontations with colleagues, and an unexpected encounter with a young straight man, conspire to fracture his defenses, while revealing hidden currents of resentment and desire that threaten the equilibrium of their community." --Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, [2020]
ISBN: 9780525538882
Branch Call Number: FIC Tayl
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 01, 2020

Real Life is a wonderful read. It teaches us a lot about who we are and how we are all different. A very clear story line with fascinating characters. It certainly made me appreciate what I have in this REAL LIFE of mine.

CALS_Shelby Apr 22, 2020

There is a lot to learn from this book & even more to love (among other things, it's gorgeously written) but what I loved the most is the way it made space for the strange & lonely limbo one finds oneself in when one's grief doesn't line up with people's expectations. This book reaches out its hand and assures you you aren't alone.

Feb 03, 2020

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Sep 14, 2020

The most unfair part of it, Wallace thinks, is that when you tell white people that something is racist, they hold it up to the light and try to discern if you are telling the truth. As if they can tell by the grain if something is racist or not, and they always trust their own judgement. It’s unfair because white people have a vested interest in underestimating racism, its amount, its intensity, its shape, its effects. They are the fox in the henhouse.

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