ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022 - BuzzFeed, LitHub, Electric Literature, LGBTQ Reads, Latinx in Publishing
[An] intense, astute meditation on race, family, class, love, and friendship. --Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
Varela's debut novel shimmers with tension. . . The Town of Babylon navigates the complexities of home, queerness, and messy histories with measure and empathy. --Kaitlynn Cassady, Seminary Co-op Bookstores
Looking beyond the white picket fence to tell a different story. . . --Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind
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.