A full-hearted homecoming story of reckoning with the past as it hits you hard and fast all while trying to carve a way forward–when for so long it looked like the only way was straight. Bounces around the lives of late 30s queer Latino and his former classmates and family to map out the landscape of the suburbs and the inner lives America so often pushes aside. Astute, enraged, and charming as hell.
The Town of Babylon by Alejandro Varela, (List Price: $27, Astra House, 9781662601033, March 2022)
Reviewed by Luis Correa, Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia