Paul Mendez

Paul Mendez is the author of Rainbow Milk, a novel.

Always Smiling: ‘Real Life’

Paul Mendez, 19 November 2020

Wallace,​ the protagonist of Brandon Taylor’s first novel, Real Life, is black, gay, overweight and from Alabama. When he moved to an unnamed university town in the Midwest to study for a doctorate in biochemistry, he told himself that he had to be ‘a Midwesterner at heart’ because ‘being in the South and being gay were incompatible … no two parts of a person...

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