Alejandro Varela

Longlist, 2022 National Book Awards

Alejandro Varela is based in New York. His work has appeared in The Point, Boston Review, Harper’s Magazine, The Rumpus, Joyland, The Brooklyn Rail, The Offing, Blunderbuss Magazine, Pariahs anthology, The Southampton Review, and The New Republic.
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The Town of Babylon

book cover art for The Town of Babylon, by Alejandro Varela
ISBN 9781662601033 Astra House / Astra Publishing House

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. More about this book >

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Alejandro Varela

Alejandro Varela is based in New York. His work has appeared in The Point, Boston Review, Harper’s Magazine, The Rumpus, Joyland, The Brooklyn Rail, The Offing, Blunderbuss Magazine, Pariahs anthology, The Southampton Review, and The New Republic. He is a 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow in Literature and his graduate studies were in public health.

(Photo credit: Matias Pelenur)

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