Ursula Villarreal-Moura and Lupita Aquino for LIKE HAPPINESS **IN-PERSON**

Loyalty is very excited to welcome Ursula Villarreal-Moura and Lupita Aquino to celebrate Like Happiness! This event will take place at Loyalty Petworth (843 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20011). **This event is free to attend, but registration is required** You can purchase the book from Loyalty below or in-person during the event! Please email  with any questions.


A searing debut about the complexities of gender, power, and fame, told through the story of a young woman’s destructive relationship with a legendary writer.

It’s 2015, and Tatum Vega feels that her life is finally falling into place. Living in sunny Chile with her partner, Vera, she spends her days surrounded by art at the museum where she works. More than anything else, she loves this new life for helping her forget the decade she spent in New York City orbiting the brilliant and famous author M. Domínguez.

When a reporter calls from the US asking for an interview, the careful separation Tatum has constructed between her past and present begins to crumble. Domínguez has been accused of assault, and the reporter is looking for corroboration.

As Tatum is forced to reexamine the all-consuming but undefinable relationship that dominated so much of her early adulthood, long-buried questions surface. What did happen between them? And why is she still struggling with the mark the relationship left on her life?

Told in a dual narrative alternating between her present day and a letter from Tatum to Domínguez, recounting and reclaiming the totality of their relationship, Like Happiness explores the nuances of a complicated and imbalanced relationship, catalyzing a reckoning with gender, celebrity, memory, Latinx identity, and power dynamics.


Ursula Villarreal-Moura was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She is the author of Math for the Self-Crippling, a flash fiction collection. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, Catapult, Electric Literature, Alta Journal, and Hayden Ferry Review.  She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence and was a VONA/Voices fellow. Like Happiness is her first novel. 


Lupita Aquino, better known as @Lupita.Reads on Instagram and TikTok, passionately spreads her love for books online. Her vibrant platforms overflow with book recommendations and discussions, resonating with readers globally. She has also contributed her insightful book coverage to outlets such as like Today.com, Bomb Mag, Aster(ix) Literary Journal, She Reads, the Washington Independent Review of Books and many more. When she’s not reading or writing you can catch her visiting local bookstores and libraries with her son and wife. 

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this event. 

Event date: 
Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
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ISBN: 9781250882837
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Celadon Books - March 26th, 2024

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