Essential Fiction: Kaitlyn Greenidge, Caroline Leavitt & Yewande Omotoso

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Sat. March 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902


Authors Kaitlyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman), Caroline Leavitt (Cruel Beautiful World) and Yewande Omotoso (The Woman Next Door) share their nuanced and entertaining stories of seduction, competition, friendship, race, love, family, and consequences.

Why Should You Attend?

“This fantastic debut novel tackles important subjects—race and culture, language and communication—frankly and with grace. Kaitlyn Greenidge’s story follows an African-American family hired to teach sign language to a chimp, but a dark history follows the institute behind the experiment. Charlie Freeman has so many elements of a great read: thoughtful construction, precise prose, and a beating heart.” —

“Leavitt brings to life the chaotic days of Viet Nam protests and the Manson murders as the setting for a complex story of the relationship between two sisters and a predatory teacher. The result is a captivating, timely-feeling thriller.”—Elizabeth Taylor, 5 Hot Books, The National Book Review

“Cape Town’s answer to Mapp and Lucia, a war of wits and witticisms amid the bougainvillea of an impossibly smug neighborhood. Yewande Omotoso’s deft writing and subtle weaving in of difficult history will leave you in love with these two stubborn old women. Delightful.”―Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Before the War and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand