Brandon Taylor, author of New York Times Editor’s Choice book Real Life, releases his second novel Filthy Animals today. The novel follows multiple stories, beginning with Lionel and his chance meeting with Charles and his girlfriend Sophie. As Lionel grows closer to them, he must navigate their fraught relationship, making for a delicate love triangle.
The other stories include that of a rambunctious little girl, a turbulent teenage friend group, and a woman apprehensive about a first date. “What connects these stories,” according to the Amazon summary of the novel, ”is the tension between the surface of things and the intensity of our inner worlds.”
Taylor stunned last year with his debut novel Real Life, shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, The National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, and the 2021 Young Lions Fiction Award, according to the author’s website. He’s contributed to Gay Mag, Oprah Magazine, Buzzfeed Reader, and many other publications as well.
Needless to say, if Taylor’s resume is anything to go by, Filthy Animals will not disappoint.