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The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor
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May 23, 2023 | ISBN 9780593332337

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Advance praise for The Late Americans:

“Erudite, intimate, hilarious, poignant . . . A gorgeously written novel of youth’s promise, of the quest to find one’s tribe and one’s calling.” —Leigh Haber, Oprah Daily

“[An] intense, finely tuned book. Taylor is an inimitable talent.”Elle

“Brandon Taylor’s third book is the most dazzling example of his sharp pen and keen observations of human nature yet. . . . Taylor develops his characters so precisely, they feel like close friends: recognizable, sometimes infuriating, and always worth following to the book’s last page.” Harper’s Bazaar

“Provocative . . . Through Taylor’s signature intimacy, we see casual emotional devastation, prickly social interactions, and wry humor with keen clarity.” —Vulture

“A stunning work of fiction, with characters that are unforgettable and writing that is frequently breathtaking. I can’t shout its praises enough.”David Vogel, Buzzfeed
“Anyone who’s ever struggled to find themselves while so many around them are doing the same (hello, everyone’s early 20s) will find kinship in this novel.” Good Housekeeping
“Brandon Taylor takes a new spin and reimagines the classic friend getaway with queer characters. . . . Contemporary readers will love this provocative but intimate novel about friendships, ambition, and community.” Cosmopolitan
The Late Americans weaves throughout perspectives of its cast of characters, creating a story you’ll be thinking about long after you put it down.” Town & Country

“A searing, layered examination of found family, gender, queerness, class, and artistry, The Late Americans is the perfect read for all the messy gay twenty-somethings in your life.” —Them

“Taylor’s characters come to life . . . through scenes cut with razor-sharp observations. . . . With verve and wit, Taylor pulls off something like Sally Rooney for the Midwest.” Publishers Weekly

“Taylor writes feelings and physical interactions with a kind of sixth sense, creating scenes readers will visualize with ease. At the beginning and ending of things and in confronting gradations of sex, power, and class, ambivalence pervades. Lovers of character studies and fine writing will enjoy getting lost in this.” Booklist

“Brandon Taylor writes with such precision and perception that reading his work is an immersive experience: you inhabit his characters, you share their nerve endings. The Late Americans is a brilliant and electrifying symphony of a novel. I loved it.”  —Lily King, author of Writers & Lovers and Euphoria

The Late Americans is a dizzying plunge into the lives of young people making art in America in the era of survival capitalism, grappling over the big questions like they’re fighting over a gun. Deep within their ambitions, their pettiness and lust, is the meaning and even grandeur they seek—and whether or not his characters ever find it, Brandon Taylor has. A bravura performance on the edge of a knife.” —Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

“Taylor is a sharp chronicler of the body. In The Late Americans, the body is an instrument and an archive, vulnerable to the complicated violence of pleasure and work.” —Raven Leilani, author of Luster
“Brandon Taylor’s characters in The Late Americans are obsessed with art, money, integrity, success, survival—and with one another. They can be deliciously catty, but they’re also desperate to be loved. And repulsed by that desperation. They are, in a word, human. Taylor realizes each character so fully, with such enviable—and often hilarious—granularity, that it’s hard not to feel like I know these people, that I could pick up my phone right now and call any of them. It’s the best kind of magic, this book. I’m already rereading it.” —Kaveh Akbar, author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf and Pilgrim Bell

“Tender and unflinching . . . written with bristling clarity, wicked wit and audacious assuredness. . . . A wonderful book.”  —Colin Barrett, author of Homesickness

Praise for Brandon Taylor:
“Taylor has a talent for taking the dull hum of quotidian life and converting it into lyrics.” —John Paul Brammer, New York Times Book Review
“Taylor [is] a brilliantly inventive storyteller, and one whose beautifully drawn characters have that rare ability to really make you care.” —Vogue

“While Taylor is a gifted descriptive writer, it’s the way he gets into his characters’ heads in the moment and in the aftermath—the confusion, the anger, the longing—that’s so hard to shake.” —Vanity Fair

“With a stark and unwavering eye and a deep respect for his subjects, Taylor builds instantly recognizable tales of longing and desire.” —Elle

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