On Sale: May 2, 2023
Featuring: Kelly; Brisma
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A MOST ANTICIPATED SUMMER READ FROM HARPER'S BAZAAR,
BUSTLE, NYLON, THE MILLIONS, MS. MAGAZINE, and THE SKIMM
An unforgettable debut novel about the furious loyalty of
two Latinx women coming of age in Queens, New York, an
emotionally resonant novel infused with the insight, power,
and poignancy of Angie
Cruz’s Dominicana, Jacqueline
Woodson’s Another Brooklyn, and Sally
Rooney’s Conversations with Friends.
Growing up in the ’90s along Clement Moore Avenue
in Queens, Brisma and Kelly are two young Latinas with an
inseparable bond, sharing everything and anything with each
other. The girls are opposites: Brisma is sweet, sensitive,
and observant, whereas Kelly is free-spirited, flirtatious,
and bold. But together, they binge on Sour Patch Kids,
listen to Boyz II Men cassette tapes, and dance to Selena
and Mariah Carey where no one can see them.
In high school, their friendship starts to form cracks
when Brisma finds herself in a relationship with Brian, a
charismatic baseball star. Brisma is thrilled to finally
have something—someone—to herself. But Kelly
wasn’t built to be a third wheel.
Years later, the Mets begin a historic run for the
playoffs, and Brisma and Kelly—now on the cusp of
adulthood—reconnect with Brian after years of silence.
But then Brian is charged with sexual assault. Brisma and
Kelly find themselves on opposite sides of the accusation,
viewing their past and past traumas from completely
different vantage points, and the two lifelong friends will
have to decide if their shared history is enough to sustain
Told in alternating timelines, Christine Kandic
Torres’s incredible debut explores the unbreakable
bonds of friendship, complications of sexual-abuse
allegations within communities of color, and the danger of
forgetting that sometimes monsters hide in plain sight.
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