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SARA KOFFI: WHILE WE WERE BURNING

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Join us as we welcome 

SARA KOFFI

in conversation with 

KRISTEN R. LEE

on

TUESDAY, APRIL 16

at

6:00 pm

to celebrate the release of her new book

WHILE WE WERE BURNING

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Parasite meets Such a Fun Age in a scorching debut that is as heartbreaking as it is thrilling, examining the intersection of race, class, and female friendship, and the devastating consequences of everyday actions.

After her best friend's mysterious death, Elizabeth Smith's picture-perfect life in the Memphis suburbs has spiraled out of control--so much so that she hires a personal assistant to keep her on track. Composed and elegant, Brianna is exactly who she needs and slides so neatly into Elizabeth's life, almost like she belonged there from the start. Soon, the assistant Elizabeth hired to distract her from her obsession with her friend's death is the same person working with her to uncover the truth behind it.

Because Brianna has questions too.

She wants to know why the police killed her young Black son. Why someone in Elizabeth's neighborhood called the cops on him that day. Who took that first step that stole her child away from her. And the only way she's ever going to be able to find out is to entwine herself deep into Elizabeth's life, where the answers to her questions lie. As the two women hurtle towards an electrifying final showdown, and the lines between employer and friend blur, it becomes clear that neither of them is what they first appear.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sara Koffi is a writer and editor from Memphis, Tennessee, with a B.A. in English from Whittier College. As a writer, she strives to explore the nuances of "unlikable female characters" and humanize Black women by giving them space on the page to breathe. While We Were Burning is her debut novel.

 

ABOUT THE IN-CONVERSATION PARTNER:

Kristen R. Lee is a native of Memphis Tennessee, whose love of books stems from her grandmother who was a school teacher. After graduating with a bachelor's in communication from MTSU, she began to draft her first novel which focuses on systemic racism and Black culture. Growing up in Memphis, a majority Black city, writing stories that reflect her upbringing is what she strives to do. When she’s not writing, you can find her on Twitter sharing memes about not writing.

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
387 Perkins Ext.
Memphis, TN 38117
While We Were Burning By Sara Koffi Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593714959
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 16th, 2024