Three-Handed Hearts: Fiction

Sat. March 24, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902


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Due to unforeseen circumstances, Leesa Cross-Smith has had to cancel her participation.

Leesa Cross-Smith (Whiskey & Ribbons) and Tayari Jones (An American Marriage) discuss their novels and how life, and love, continues beyond separation.

Why should you attend?

“Subtle, well-crafted, and powerful . . . This is, at its heart, a love story, but a love story warped by racial injustice. And, in it, Jones suggests that racial injustice haunts the African-American story.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Tayari Jones displays tremendous writing prowess with An American Marriage, an enchanting novel that succeeds at every level. From the very start, An American Marriage pulls the reader in with gorgeous prose… There are rarely novels as timely or fitting as An American Marriage. It brings abstract ideas about race and love down to the material level. The story is gripping, and the characters are unforgettable.”
Foreword Reviews, starred review

“Cross-Smith’s thrilling debut novel, Whiskey and Ribbons, is as immediate and compelling as music. Her three lovers tell their stories, each turning over what we think we know, creating a moving triptych on love, desire, and grief, and the unexpected families life makes for us.” ―Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night

“Leesa Cross-Smith is a consummate storyteller who uses her formidable talents to tell the oft-overlooked stories of people living in that great swath of place between the left and right coasts.” ―Roxane Gay, author Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body and Bad Femininst