The Late Americans

Brandon Taylor


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Vintage Books
9 May 2024
ISBN: 9781529922073
320 pages

From the publisher

The author of the Booker-shortlisted Real Life returns with a deeply involving new novel of young men and women at a crossroads

‘Funny, merciless, brilliant . . . I loved it’ CURTIS SITTENFELD

Seamus, Fyodor, Ivan, Noah and Fatima are running out of time to decide on their futures, in the new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of Real Life.

In a university town, a circle of lovers and friends navigate tangled webs of connection while they try to work out what they want, and who they are.

As they test their own desires in a series of relationships, these young men and women ask themselves and each other: what is the right thing to stake a life on? Work, love, money, dance, poetry? And what does true connection look like, in an age of precarity?

‘A constellation of characters shines in [this] campus-set tale of aspiring artists’ Financial Times

‘Intimate, hilarious, poignant . . . A gorgeously written novel of youth’s promise’ Oprah Daily

‘Elegant and razor-sharp’ EMMA CLINE