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With Teeth: Kristen Arnett in conversation with Bryan Washington

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

From the author of the New York Times-bestselling sensation Mostly Dead Things, Charis welcomes Kristen Arnett in conversation with Bryan Washington, for a celebration of the highly anticipated book of the year, With Teeth. A surprising and moving story of two mothers, one difficult son, and the limitations of marriage, parenthood, and love. This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here
If she's being honest, Sammie Lucas is scared of her son. Working from home in the close quarters of their Florida house, she lives with one wary eye peeled on Samson, a sullen, unknowable boy who resists her every attempt to bond with him. Uncertain in her own feelings about motherhood, she tries her best--driving, cleaning, cooking, prodding him to finish projects for school--while growing increasingly resentful of Monika, her confident but absent wife. As Samson grows from feral toddler to surly teenager, Sammie's life begins to deteriorate into a mess of unruly behavior, and her struggle to create a picture-perfect queer family unravels. When her son's hostility finally spills over into physical aggression, Sammie must confront her role in the mess--and the possibility that it will never be clean again. 
Blending the warmth and wit of Arnett's breakout hit, Mostly Dead Things, with a candid take on queer family dynamics, With Teeth is a thought-provoking portrait of the delicate fabric of family--and the many ways it can be torn apart.

Kristen Arnett is the author of the New York Times–bestselling novel Mostly Dead Things and the story collection Felt in the Jaw. A queer writer based in Florida, she has written for The New York TimesGuernicaBuzzFeedMcSweeney’sThe GuardianSalon, and elsewhere. She has been a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and a winner of the Ninth Letter Literary Award in Fiction and the Coil Book Award.

Bryan Washington is a National Book Award 5 Under 35 honoree, NBCC Award Finalist, and winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. He received the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award for his first book, Lot, which was also a finalist for the NBCC’s John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. He has written for The New Yorker, The New York TimesThe New York Times MagazineBuzzFeed, among other publications. His bestselling debut novel MEMORIAL was a GMA Book Club pick, a New York Times Notable pick, one of Entertainment Weekly’s 10 Best Books of the Year and a finalist for the NBCC Fiction Prize. He lives in Houston.

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ISBN: 9780593191507
Published: Riverhead Books - June 1st, 2021


“A gripping read…Unabashedly queer, probing and unafraid…Exceedingly engaging.” –USA Today

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Published: Tin House Books - April 21st, 2020

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Event Summary: 
From the author of the New York Times-bestselling sensation Mostly Dead Things, Charis welcomes Kristen Arnett in conversation with Bryan Washington, for a celebration of the highly anticipated book of the year, With Teeth.