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We Are Not Like Them

A Novel

Told from alternating perspectives, an evocative and riveting novel about the lifelong bond between two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event—a powerful and poignant exploration of race in America today and its devastating impact on ordinary lives.

Jen and Riley have been best friends since kindergarten. As adults, they remain as close as sisters, though their lives have taken different directions. Jen married young, and after years of trying, is finally pregnant. Riley pursued her childhood dream of becoming a television journalist and is poised to become one of the first Black female anchors of the top news channel in their hometown of Philadelphia.

But the deep bond they share is severely tested when Jen’s husband, a city police officer, is involved in the shooting of an unarmed Black teenager. Six months pregnant, Jen is in freefall as her future, her husband’s freedom, and her friendship with Riley are thrown into uncertainty. Covering this career-making story, Riley wrestles with the implications of this tragic incident for her Black community, her ambitions, and her relationship with her lifelong friend.

Like Tayari Jones’s An American Marriage and Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things, We Are Not Like Them explores complex questions of race and how they pervade and shape our most intimate spaces in a deeply divided world. But at its heart, it’s a story of enduring friendship—a love that defies the odds even as it faces its most difficult challenges.

Christine Pride is a writer, editor, and longtime publishing veteran. She’s held posts at many different “Big Five” imprints, including Doubleday, Broadway, Crown, Hyperion, and Simon & Schuster. As an editor, Christine has published a range of books, with a special emphasis on inspirational stories and memoirs, including most numerous New York Times bestsellers. Currently, she does select freelance editing and proposal/content development, and writes full time, including a regular column—Race Matters—for Cup of Jo. She lives in New York City.

Brittney Valdez

Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist and editor who has written for The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, Daily News (New York), New York magazine, GlamourMarie ClaireElle, and Salon. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Fox News, BBC, and MSNBC. Jo received a Masters in journalism from Columbia, a Masters in religious studies from NYU, and a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. The author of The Knock OffHow to Be MarriedFitness Junkies, and Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, she currently lives in San Francisco with her husband, their giant dog, and a baby boy.

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