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Published on May 11th, 2023 | by TLV News

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Square Books Event: Tyriek White in conversation with Deesha Philyaw for “We Are a Haunting”

Tuesday, May 16th, 6 pm

Tyriek White in conversation with Deesha Philyaw for We Are a Haunting

A poignant debut for readers of Jesmyn Ward and Jamel Brinkley, We Are a Haunting follows three generations of a working class family and their inherited ghosts: a story of hope and transformation.

In 1980s Brooklyn, Key is enchanted with her world, glowing with her dreams. A charming and tender doula serving the Black women of her East New York neighborhood, she lives among the departed and learns to speak to and for them. Her untimely death leaves behind her mother Audrey and Colly, Key’s grieving son, who soon learns that he too has inherited this sacred gift and begins to slip into the liminal space between the living and the dead on his journey to self-realization.

A supernatural family saga, a searing social critique, and a lyrical and potent account of displaced lives, We Are a Haunting unravels the threads connecting the past, present, and future, and depicts the palpable, breathing essence of the neglected corridors of a pulsing city with pathos and poise.

Tyriek Rashawn White is a writer, musician, and educator from Brooklyn. He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Mississippi.

Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and the 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. Deesha is also a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and the 2022-2023 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. 

Tyriek White
Deesha Philyaw

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