Christine Kandic Torres: The Girls in Queens

Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 6:30pm

Please join Barrett Bookstore in welcoming Christine Kandic Torres to Darien for a celebratory event! Christine will join us at Barrett on Thursday, June 23 at 6:30PM to launch her new book The Girls in Queens, appearing in conversation with Yvette Morgan. Following the conversation, Christine will sign copies of The Girls in Queens. Wine and light bites will be served.

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About the Book

A writer brimming with talent makes her exciting literary debut with a tale of two Latinx women coming of age in Queens, New York, an emotionally resonant novel infused with the insight, power, and poignancy of Angie Cruz’s Dominicana, Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn, and Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends.

Best friends growing up along Clement Moore Avenue in Queens, Brisma and Kelly will do anything for each other. They keep each other’s secrets, from their mother’s hidden heartbreaks to warding off the unwanted advances of creepy neighbors. Their exclusive world shifts when they begin high school and Brisma falls deeply in love with Brian, the local baseball legend. Always the wallflower to the vibrant and alluring Kelly, Brisma is secretly thrilled to be chosen by the popular athlete, to finally have someone that belongs to her alone. But as she, Brian, and Kelly fall into the roles that have been set before them, they ignite a bonfire of unrealized hopes and dreams, smoldering embers that finally find some oxygen to burn.   

Years later, Brisma and Kelly haven’t spoken to Brian, ever since a backyard party that went wrong, but their beloved Los Mets are on a historic run for the playoffs and the three friends—no longer children—are reunited. Brisma finds herself once again drawn to her first love. But when Brian is accused of sexual assault, the two friends must make a choice. At first, both rush to support and defend him. But while Kelly remains Brian’s staunch defender, Brisma begins to have doubts as old memories of their relationship surface. As Brisma and Kelly face off in a battle for what they each believe they are owed, these two lifelong friends must decide if their shared past is enough to sustain their future.  

Told in alternating timelines, The Girls in Queens is a novel for and of our time—a skillful exploration of the furious loyalty of young women, the complications of sexual abuse allegations within communities of color, and the danger of forgetting that sometimes monsters hide in plain sight.   

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Christine Kandic Torres is a writer from Queens, New York. Her fiction has received support from the Jerome Foundation, Hedgebrook, and the Queens Council on the Arts, and been featured in publications such as CatapultKweli, and Lunch Ticket.

The Girls in Queens: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063216778
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (PLEASE CALL TO CONFIRM BEFORE COMING TO STORE)
Published: HarperVia - June 14th, 2022

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Darien, CT 06820-4127