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Jayne Allen with Tia Williams - Black Girls Must Die Exhausted

Tuesday, October 5, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes debut "author to watch"
Jayne Allen,
who will discuss her debut novel 
Black Girls Must Die Exhausted,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on October 5th.
Allen will be in conversation with bestselling novelist
Tia Williams.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 

About Black Girls Must Die Exhausted

"An author to watch!--Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read

The first novel in a captivating three-book series about modern womanhood, in which a young Black woman must rely on courage, laughter, and love--and the support of her two longtime friends--to overcome an unexpected setback that threatens the most precious thing she's ever wanted.

Tabitha Walker is a black woman with a plan to "have it all." At 33 years old, the checklist for the life of her dreams is well underway. Education? Check. Good job? Check. Down payment for a nice house? Check. Dating marriage material? Check, check, and check. With a coveted position as a local news reporter, a paper-perfect boyfriend, and even a standing Saturday morning appointment with a reliable hairstylist, everything seems to be falling into place.

Then Tabby receives an unexpected diagnosis that brings her picture-perfect life crashing down, jeopardizing the keystone she took for granted: having children. With her dreams at risk of falling through the cracks of her checklist, suddenly she is faced with an impossible choice between her career, her dream home, and a family of her own.

With the help of her best friends, the irreverent and headstrong Laila and Alexis, the mom jeans-wearing former Sexy Lexi, and the generational wisdom of her grandmother and the nonagenarian firebrand Ms. Gretchen, Tabby explores the reaches of modern medicine and tests the limits of her relationships, hoping to salvage the future she always dreamed of. But the fight is all consuming, demanding a steep price that forces an honest reckoning for nearly everyone in her life. As Tabby soon learns, her grandmother's age-old adage just might still be true: Black girls must die exhausted.

"An impossible-to-put-down novel chronicling Tabitha Walker's extremely relatable journey through relationships - with men, friends, family, and most importantly, herself. With finely-drawn characterizations and touching life lessons, Jayne Allen paints Tabitha's "adulting" journey with heartbreaking, heartwarming strokes that stayed with me long after I'd finished reading. (On a personal note, as a Black woman who struggles with infertility, it's so refreshing that Allen sheds a light on this rarely-told story.) Sign me up for the trilogy!"--Tia Williams, award-winning author of The Perfect Find and Seven Days in June

"Black Girls Must Die Exhausted is a smart, sophisticated portrait of three very different women, united in both their struggles and their joy. Allen seamlessly blends sharp social commentary with a heartwarming story of friendship between irresistibly complex characters. A fresh, punch-packing debut from an author to watch!" --Emily HenryNew York Times bestselling author of Beach Read

 

About our Speakers

Jayne Allen is the pen name of Jaunique Sealey, a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School. An avid traveler, she speaks three languages and has visited five continents. Drawing from her unique experiences as an attorney and entrepreneur, she crafts transcultural stories that touch upon contemporary women's issues such as workplace and career dynamics, race, fertility, modern relationships and mental health awareness. Her writing echoes her desire to bring both multiculturalism and multidimensionality to a rich and colorful cast of characters inspired by the magic uncovered in everyday life. Black Girls Must Die Exhausted is her first novel which she calls "the epitaph of my 30s." A proud native of Detroit, she currently lives in Los Angeles.

Tia Williams had a fifteen-year career as a beauty editor for magazines including ElleGlamour, and Essence. In 2004, she pioneered the beauty blog industry with Shake Your Beauty. She wrote the bestselling novel, The Accidental Diva, and penned two YA novels: It Chicks, and Sixteen Candles. Her award-winning novel, The Perfect Find, will be adapted into a Netflix film starring Gabrielle Union. Tia is currently an Editorial Director at Estee Lauder Companies, and lives with her daughter and husband in Brooklyn.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Black Girls Must Die Exhausted: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063142992
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Published: Harper - September 28th, 2021

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781538719107
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781538709245
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 14th, 2021