Keisha Bush with Lisa Lucas

Published this past January, Keisha Bush’s powerful debut novel, No Heaven for Good Boys (Random House), has some basis in her - a native of Boston who now lives in East Harlem - having lived and worked for some years in Dakar. Dakar and Senegal is the setting for this immersive tale of indomitable spirit and will to overcome and survive.

“An extraordinary literary debut, as mesmerizing as it is heartbreaking . . . Bush is an amazing storyteller, by turns harrowing and tender, and no matter how difficult the journey, she never lets us lose sight of the two young cousins who are the beating hopeful loving heart of this triumphant must-read novel.”—Junot Díaz.

No Heaven for Good Boys is a compelling, devastating novel with unforgettable characters. Keisha Bush doesn’t shy away from portraying the shattered lives of the children on Dakar’s streets and the injustices that they suffer, but she does so with great compassion and empathy.”—Deepa Anappara.

We are delighted that joining Keisha Bush in conversation this evening will be Lisa Lucas, who has just departed her role as director of the National Book Foundation (therein succeeded by Ruth Dickey of Seattle Arts & Lectures), and is now the publisher and senior vice president at Pantheon Books.

Co-presented by Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company.

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ISBN: 9780399591969
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - January 26th, 2021

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 6:00pm
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