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We Are Not Like Them

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What to expect

THE MOST IMPORTANT NOVEL YOU’LL READ THIS YEAR

‘Harrowing and heartening in equal measure, this book is a breathtaking tale of racial fissures, fury and friendship’ David Lammy, MP and author of Tribes

‘A powerful story about friendship, race, love, forgiveness, and justice – and the stunning ways they intersect…Empathetic, riveting, and authentic’ Laura Dave, bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me

‘A painfully amazing read teaching us that sometimes, when it comes to race, the real enemy is ignorance’ Rhys Stephenson, actor and TV presenter

‘Provides a starting point for conversations which are crucial, at times uncomfortable, but long overdue’ Ruth Hogan, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things

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Not every story is black and white.

Riley and Jen have been best friends since they were children, and they thought their bond was unbreakable. It never mattered to them that Riley is black and Jen is white. And then Jen’s husband, a Philadelphia police officer, is involved in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager and everything changes in an instant.

This one act could destroy more than just Riley and Jen’s friendship. As their community takes sides, so must Jen and Riley, and for the first time in their lives the lifelong friends find themselves on opposing sides.

But can anyone win a fight like this?

We Are Not Like Them is about friendship and love. It’s about prejudice and betrayal. It’s about standing up for what you believe in, no matter the cost.

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‘Powerful and timely… explores every aspect of systemic racism, from micro aggressions to intergenerational trauma’ Guardian

‘Timely and important, I read it in one sitting but am still thinking about it weeks later’ Sarah Morgan, Sunday Times bestselling author

‘One of the most eagerly anticipated books of the year […] A brilliant novel from Christine Pride and Jo Piazza capturing today’s complex issues of race and class’ HELLO!

‘An absolute must read for your book clubs for debate and discussion’ Nina Pottell, Prima

Critics Review

  • ‘A tough but necessary read as it seeks to find meaning for all affected by the tragedy it depicts…a powerful debut’ Andi Osho, actress and author of Asking for a Friend

    We Are Not Like Them is the best kind of book, one that manages to educate readers as it entertains them. Riveting, timely and honest, this powerful page-turner explores the complexity of friendship and race – and will stay with you long after its stunning conclusion’ Greer Hendricks, Sunday Times bestselling co-author of The Wife Between Us

    ‘A timely, evocative read about what tests us as friends, as partners, and ultimately, as humans, and will have you rethinking your own perspectives and experiences. A perfect read for 2021’ Allison Winn Scotch, bestselling author of Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing

    ‘Books have the power to make changes, start conversations – this is one of those books. Powerful, authentic and relevant, this brilliantly written story will stay with me, always’
    Louise Jensen, bestselling author of The Family

    ‘Pacy and immersive, We Are Not Like Them skillfully merges the personal and political in this truly illuminating read’ Kia Abdullah, author of Take It Back

    ‘This is one of those books that is guaranteed to get people talking’ Joanne Finney, Good Housekeeping

    ‘A powerful story race, compassion, friendship and justice
    […] a challenging and important read’ Daily Mail

    ‘I rarely say this, but I think everyone should read this’ Platinum

    ‘Don’t miss this powerful read’ Fabulous, Sun on Sunday

    ‘A powerful book’ Bella

    ‘Powerful, accessible and wholly relatable’ Stylist

    ‘A powerful and thought-provoking emotional rollercoaster of a novel’ My Weekly

    ‘An absolute must-read’​ The Upcoming

    ‘[A] propulsive, deeply felt tale of race and friendship’
    People magazine

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