The Town of Babylon

Finalist, National Book Awards 2022 for Fiction

ISBN 9781662601033
Astra House / Astra Publishing House
author photo of Alejandro Varela. (Photo credit: Matias Pelenur)
Alejandro Varela

Alejandro Varela has published work in The Georgia Review, The Point magazine, Boston Review, and Harper’s, among other outlets. His graduate studies were in public health. More about this author >

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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 Babylon is a page-turning novel about young love and a close examination of our social systems and the toll they take when they fail us.