Connie Briscoe | You Never Know: A Novel of Domestic Suspense
In conversation with Diane McKinney-Whetstone
Acclaimed for her literary portrayals of Black women’s relationships, Connie Briscoe's historical and romance novels have found acclaim and a wide readership for nearly three decades. Sisters and Lovers, her first novel, sold 500,000 copies and her second novel, Big Girls Don’t Cry, was a New York Times bestseller. Her other works include Money Can’t Buy Love, P.G. Country, and A Long Way from Home, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. A former managing editor of Gallaudet University’s American Annals of the Deaf journal, Briscoe was born with a hearing impairment. After progressively losing more of her hearing, several years ago she had a cochlear implant that restored much of what she had lost. Partly inspired by these experiences, You Never Know features a hearing-impaired protagonist who fights off an attacker only to wonder later if he and her new husband are the same person.
Diane McKinney-Whetstone is the author of six novels, including Tumbling, Tempest Rising, Trading Dreams at Midnight, and Lazaretto, a historical novel set in a legendary 19th-century Philadelphia quarantine hospital. A two-time recipient of the American Library Association Black Caucus Literary Award for fiction and winner of a Zora Neale Hurston Society Award, she taught creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania for 12 years and has contributed writing to The Atlantic, Essence, and Philadelphia Magazine. In Our Gen, McKinney-Whetstone follows the residents of a Philadelphia-area active-living retirement community who revert to the passions and excesses of their youth.
Masks are welcome but are not required.
Books will be available for purchase at the library on event night.
A book signing will follow the presentation.
Books provided by Uncle Bobbie's Coffee and Books
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103