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Lambda Lit Book Club: Author Talk: Justin Sayre discusses "Pretty"

The Lambda Literary Book Club meets in the Community Meeting Room the last Tuesday of the month (except December) and highlights a heady mix of LGBT classics, unheralded gems, and new releases.



Join us this month for an author talk. Author/performer Justin Sayre will be on hand to discuss his latest YA novel, Pretty. Library catalog summary: Pretty isn't everything! Trapped by the limitations of her high-school adjective, the realities of her mother's alcohol addiction, and a racially fraught America, Sophie's perspective on what being pretty really means changes drastically in the second adjective-busting novel by the author of Husky, Justin Sayre. Set three months after Husky's conclusion and narrated by Sophie, Davis's best friend, Sayre details the private and public life of someone saddled with the adjective of pretty. Confident, stylish, and easygoing at school, Sophie is struggling in her home life. Stepping in to help as her mother's addiction spirals out of control, Sophie's aunt teaches the biracial Sophie new lessons about her heritage. While helping to heal the wounds inflicted by alcoholism, Sophie's renewed sense of self challenges her perception of place in the affluent, "liberal" neighborhood of Park Slope where she lives. Set against the backgrounds of Brooklyn and Harlem, Sayre challenges readers to confront superficial assumptions about race and beauty and breathes new life into the cannon of middle-grade realistic fiction. Please inquire at the library for the availability of a copy.



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