A FINALIST FOR THE 2022 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2023 ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE
ALIBRARY JOURNALANDPUBLISHER’S WEEKLY“BEST BOOK OF 2022”
ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022 –BuzzFeed,LitHub,Electric Literature,LGBTQ Reads, Latinx in Publishing
*Recommended byThe New York Times* “Haunting, sublime, solemn, and true.” —Robert Jones Jr., author ofThe Prophets
“[An] intense, astute meditation on race, family, class, love, and friendship.” —Deesha Philyaw, author ofThe Secret Lives of Church Ladies
In this contemporary debut novel—an intimate portrait of queer, racial, and class identity —Andrés, a gay Latinx professor, returns to his suburban hometown in the wake of his husband’s infidelity. There he finds himself with no excuse not to attend his twenty-year high school reunion, and hesitantly begins to reconnect with people he used to call friends.
Over the next few weeks, while caring for his aging parents and navigating the neighborhood where he grew up, Andrés falls into old habits with friends he thought he’d left behind. Before long, he unexpectedly becomes entangled with his first love and is forced to tend to past wounds.
Captivating and poignant; a modern coming-of-age story about the essential nature of community,The Town of Babylonis a page-turning novel about young love and a close examination of our social systems and the toll they take when they fail us.