We Are Not Like Them

A Novel

    • 4.3 • 266 Ratings
    • $12.99
    • $12.99

Publisher Description

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK

Named a Best Book Pick of 2021 by Harper’s Bazaar and Real Simple

Named a Most Anticipated Book of Fall by People, Essence, New York Post, PopSugar, New York Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Town & Country, Bustle, Fortune, and Book Riot


Told from alternating perspectives, this “propulsive, deeply felt tale of race and friendship” (People) follows two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event.

Jen and Riley have been best friends since kindergarten. As adults, they remain as close as sisters, though their lives have taken different directions. Jen married young, and after years of trying, is finally pregnant. Riley pursued her childhood dream of becoming a television journalist and is poised to become one of the first Black female anchors of the top news channel in their hometown of Philadelphia.

But the deep bond they share is severely tested when Jen’s husband, a city police officer, is involved in the shooting of an unarmed Black teenager. Six months pregnant, Jen is in freefall as her future, her husband’s freedom, and her friendship with Riley are thrown into uncertainty. Covering this career-making story, Riley wrestles with the implications of this tragic incident for her Black community, her ambitions, and her relationship with her lifelong friend.

Like Tayari Jones’s An American Marriage and Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things, We Are Not Like Them takes “us to uncomfortable places—in the best possible way—while capturing so much of what we are all thinking and feeling about race. A sharp, timely, and soul-satisfying novel” (Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author) that is both a powerful conversation starter and a celebration of the enduring power of friendship.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2021
October 5
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
Atria Books
SELLER
Simon & Schuster Digital Sales LLC
SIZE
5.3
MB

Customer Reviews

Autumatic45 ,

Good read but triggers/trauma

This book explained many topics which effect our society today such as racism, injustice, interracial dating, police/white privilege. It definitely sparked some trauma triggers but was a good read.

Luv4 chico ,

Inspiring

I loved this book. It was honest and relatable on the subject of race and our different perspectives of life. Not all cops are bad. It is true however that more black men boys and girls are shot and killed by cops than their white counterparts. Why that is is something that we all need to figure out and fix, together!

bella's bff ,

Just excellent

Compelling (and sadly timely) story, wonderful characters. As any book that I really enjoyed, I wanted to keep reading more. You did an excellent job of elucidating all the different and complicated perspectives on police brutality , systemic racism and “mixed race” friendships. Bravo! I wish everyone would read this book.

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