In our final book review for the month of May, Kathryn Ordiway examines Brandon Taylor’s newest novel, The Late Americans, out today from Riverhead. “With The Late Americans,” Ordiway writes, “Brandon Taylor returns to a space he has a talent for exploring: the minutiae of life on a college campus and in a college town.” Read the full review at the link below.
With The Late Americans, Brandon Taylor returns to a space he has a talent for exploring: the minutiae of life on a college campus and in a college town.
The Late Americans concerns a carousel of characters, each revealing more about the others as they take their turns in the spotlight. The book begins with Seamus, a poet suffering through a workshop he perceives as full of people who only want validation from their peers, and who has not been able to submit his own work to the class all semester. Seamus introduces the reader to Fyodor, who carries the story forward next, and so the book passes, each chapter a baton handed to the next character, a glance forward and a glance back.