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A Good Morning America Book Club Pick

“[A] propulsive, deeply felt tale of race and friendship.” (People)

We Are Not Like Them will stay with you long after you turn the last page.” (Laura Dave, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me)

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.

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

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A Thought Provoking Conversation Starter

We Are Not Like Them examines the shooting of an unarmed Black teen from three perspectives: the teenager and his family, the officer and his family, and the reporter covering the story who is a lifelong friend of the officer's wife. By delving into the impact that the shooting has on all involved, this timely and powerful story provides a unique look at race and relationships as well as forgiveness.

This audiobook is a memorable listening experience. Each perspective is expressed in a relatable, raw and honest manner by the narrators.

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A tragic story told with depth, understanding, sensitivity and grace. I am certain it will become a classic. It goes far beyond superficial analysis about race in America. It is, at its heart, a story about love and healing, set against the backdrop of the continued slaughter of Black Americans by police. #Blacklivesmatter.

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