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We Are Not Like Them

By: Christine Pride, Jo Piazza
Narrated by: Marin Ireland, Shayna Small, Kevin R. Free, Chanté McCormick
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Publisher's summary

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK

Named a Best Book Pick of 2021 by Harper’s Bazaar and Real Simple

Named a Most Anticipated Book of Fall by People, Essence, New York Post, PopSugar, New York Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Town & Country, Bustle, Fortune, and Book Riot

Told from alternating perspectives, this “propulsive, deeply felt tale of race and friendship” (People) follows two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event.

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 takes “us to uncomfortable places—in the best possible way—while capturing so much of what we are all thinking and feeling about race. A sharp, timely, and soul-satisfying novel” (Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author) that is both a powerful conversation starter and a celebration of the enduring power of friendship.

©2021 Christine Pride and Jo Piazza. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic reviews

"Shayna Small and Marin Ireland provide a nuanced and deeply emotional narration of this audio page-turner, ably assisted by brief but well-crafted performances by Kevin R. Free and Chante McCormick. The narrators splendidly illuminate this timely exploration of race and the enduring importance of friendship." (AudioFile Magazine)

Editor's Pick

Not every story is black and white
Well before I learned the incredible story of how writers (and friends) Christine Pride and Jo Piazza teamed up to write We Are Not Like Them, I knew it would be a must listen. Narrators Shayna Small and Marin Ireland are two of my favorites, and they proved to be the perfect pair to perform this compelling novel about the lifelong friendship between two women that is tested by the killing of an unarmed Black teenager by a White police officer. This unflinching story of race, friendship, and police violence goes behind the headlines of the all-too-familiar tragedy to explore its devastating impact on ordinary lives. The novel’s epilogue, performed by Chanté McCormick from the perspective of the grieving mother, will linger with you for a long time. —Margaret H., Audible Editor