Leesa Cross-Smith and Naima Coster | Flyleaf Books | Page: Readings & Signings | Indy Week

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Leesa Cross-Smith and Naima Coster

When: Mon., May 21, 7 p.m. 2018

Writer conversations about first novels can be pro forma affairs, given to truisms about persistence and hot tips about the market. But Leesa Cross-Smith, a Louisville-based fiction writer, and Naima Coster, who teaches writing at Wake Forest University, should have deeper things to talk about. Their acclaimed debuts have intriguing parallels: both are multiple-perspective novels about art, family, and mortality. In Cross-Smith's Whiskey & Ribbons, a ballerina loses her police-officer husband before their son is born and begins raising the child with her husband's brother, who is searching for his biological father. And in Coster's Halsey Street, a struggling artist returns to Brooklyn to care for her sick father and finds everything changed—Bed-Stuy reshaped by gentrification, her mother reclaiming roots in the Dominican Republic. The books form a diptych about how new families form and old ones heal. —Brian Howe

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