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In 2004, college students Eleanor Suzuki and Leena Shah meet in an elevator. Both girls are on the brink of adulthood, each full of possibility and big ideas, and they fall into a whirlwind romance. Years later, Eleanor and Leena collide on the streets of San Francisco. Although grown and changed and each separately partnered, the two find themselves, once again, irresistibly pulled back together. 

Emily Hashimoto’s debut novel perfectly captures the wonder and confusion of growing up and growing closer. Narrated in sparkling prose, A World Between follows two strikingly different but interconnected women as they navigate family, female friendship, and their own fraught history.

“A sweetly poignant look at the transformative power of young love.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“A stunning debut. . . . This is a queer great character-driven story that complicates the notion of romance and explores what it means to be messy and carry histories.” —LitHub

“A celebration of identity, queer love, messy families, and the ferocity of want. I love this book's expansive heart, nuance, and radiant joy." —T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

"Smart, honest, compassionate, and tender, A World Between is a novel of love and liberation, following two queer Asian American women through their twenties and early thirties as they navigate friendships, relationships, work, and family, and learn what it means to live as their true selves. Through Emily Hashimoto's expert storytelling, Eleanor Suzuki and Leena Shah jump off the page." —Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers

"A moving, modern, intelligent, and entertaining novel about two young women of color in love. Hashimoto masterfully handles her characters' conflicts and transformations with sophisticated storytelling, enlightened by expert turn of hand. A generational breakthrough." —Sarah Schulman, author of Conflict Is Not Abuse

"How do serious, intellectual women fall foolishly in love? How can you be so educated yet so lost? Open to life’s possibilities, yet vulnerable and accidentally cruel? A World Between is a sweet and funny take on love and growing up. Imagine a classic rom-com, if the leads actors were two queer Asian women. This is such a gentle, hopeful book." —Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Starling Days

Emily Hashimoto is a queer writer of color from the suburbs of New Jersey. She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in women’s and gender studies, and her MS in Information Science from Pratt Institute. She has received fellowships from VONA and Queer Arts. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in The Rumpus and Bitch Magazine, centering feminist critique and queer narratives. She lives in New York City with her wife and child.

Sarah Schulman is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer and AIDS historian. Her twentieth book LET THE RECORD SHOW: A Political History of ACT UP: The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, New York 1987-1993 will be published by FSG in May 2021.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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