Cleyvis Natera and Jamise Harper for NERUDA ON THE PARK *IN-PERSON*
Loyalty is thrilled to host Cleyvis Natera and Jamise Harper for an IN-PERSON event celebrating the paperback release of Neruda on the Park! Join us at Loyalty's Petworth store at 7 PM on Wednesday, May 31st for an incredible discussion, followed by a meet + greet & book signing!
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ABOUT THE BOOK
NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE • An exhilarating debut novel following members of a Dominican family in New York City who take radically different paths when faced with encroaching gentrification
“Strikes all the right notes—captivating characters, lyrical language, and a storyline that captures your imagination and refuses to let go . . . an unforgettable debut!”—Tayari Jones, New York Times bestselling author of An American Marriage
The Guerreros have lived in Nothar Park, a predominantly Dominican part of New York City, for twenty years. When demolition begins on a neighboring tenement, Eusebia, an elder of the community, takes matters into her own hands by devising an increasingly dangerous series of schemes to stop construction of the luxury condos. Meanwhile, Eusebia’s daughter, Luz, a rising associate at a top Manhattan law firm who strives to live the bougie lifestyle her parents worked hard to give her, becomes distracted by a sweltering romance with the handsome white developer at the company her mother so vehemently opposes.
As Luz’s father, Vladimir, secretly designs their retirement home in the Dominican Republic, mother and daughter collide, ramping up tensions in Nothar Park, racing toward a near-fatal climax.
A beautifully layered portrait of family, friendship, and ambition, Neruda on the Park weaves a rich and vivid tapestry of community as well as the sacrifices we make to protect what we love most, announcing Cleyvis Natera as an electrifying new voice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cleyvis Natera was born in the Dominican Republic, migrated to the United States at ten years old, and grew up in New York City. She holds a BA from Skidmore College and an MFA from New York University. Her writing has won awards and fellowships from PEN America, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Kenyon Review’s Writers Workshops, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She lives with her husband and two young children in Montclair, New Jersey. Neruda on the Park is her first novel.
ABOUT THE CONVERSATION PARTNER
Jamise Harper is an avid reader, wine enthusiast, influencer, and champion for amplifying marginalized voices. A passion for reading diverse books led her to create the #diversespines hashtag and Diverse Spines® book community on social media, which highlights literature by Black women and women of color. She is the co-author (with Jane Mount) of Bibliophile: Diverse Spines (Chronicle Books, 2021), and the creator of Spines & Vines®, a blog dedicated to book and wine pairings. She is also the host of Literary Wine Down, a book + wine conversational series on Instagram Live featuring debut and bestselling authors. Jamise is a graduate of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She lives in the Washington, DC metro area.
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