P&P Live! Lisa Taddeo and Raven Leilani in Conversation

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Friday, June 11, 2021 - 6:00pm

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Bestselling authors Lisa Taddeo and Raven Leilani celebrate the launch of their novels, Animal and Luster, with a virtual discussion.

Lisa Taddeo illustrates one woman's exhilarating transformation from prey into predator in Animal, the “ferociously beautiful” debut novel from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Three Women, named to more than thirty best-of-the-year lists.

This book is a depiction of female rage at its rawest, and a visceral exploration of the fallout from a male-dominated society. Joan has spent a lifetime enduring the cruelties of men. But when one of them commits a shocking act of violence in front of her, she flees New York City in search of Alice, the only person alive who can help her make sense of her past. In the sweltering hills above Los Angeles, Joan unravels the horrific event she witnessed as a child—that has haunted her every waking moment—while forging the power to finally strike back.

Raven Leilani celebrates the paperback release of Luster, a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life—her hunger, her anger—in a tumultuous era. It is also a haunting, aching description of how hard it is to believe in your own talent, and the unexpected influences that bring us into ourselves along the way.

Edie is stumbling her way through her twenties—sharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick, clocking in and out of her admin job, making a series of inappropriate sexual choices. And then she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including an autopsist wife who has agreed to an open marriage—with rules. Edie finds herself unemployed and invited into Eric’s home—though not by Eric. She becomes a hesitant ally to his wife and a de facto role model to his adopted daughter. Edie may be the only Black woman young Akila knows.

Brittany Kerfoot, Director of Events at Politics and Prose, will moderate the conversation.


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Fiction & Poetry
Animal: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982122126
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - June 8th, 2021

Luster: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250798671
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Published: Picador - June 8th, 2021

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