The Late Americans: Brandon Taylor (signed)


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.

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**A Book of 2023 in the Guardian, Irish Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire and i-D**

In a university town in the American Midwest a circle of lovers and friends try to work out what they want, and who they are

As they test their own desires in a series of relationships they are confronted by volatile figures in town, from unruly, vulnerable young poets to a local landlord harbouring a lifetime of resentment.

Seamus, Fyodor, Ivan, Noah and Fatima ask themselves and each other: what is the right thing to stake a life on? Work, love, money, dance, poetry? Is love possible without harm? And what does true connection look like in an age of precarity?

The Late Americans is a full expression of his singular talent’ Emma Cline, author of The Girls

‘Taylor is a sharp chronicler of the body’ Raven Leilani, author of Luster

Elegant… [Taylor] has a Chekhovian generosity’ Claire Messud, author of The Emperor’s Children

Additional information

Weight 0.44 kg
Dimensions 21.8 × 13.6 × 3.6 cm










Hardback original


813.6 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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