I am so excited about being a part of Penguin Teen’s blog campaign for their Daring Debuts! Today I’m sharing my aesthetic for The Stars and the Blackness Between Them! This debut released last week and contains such a strong, distinct voice. Learn more about the book below and be sure to check out the other three debuts featured on the blog campaign: Ziggy, Stardust & Me, As Many Nows As I Can Get, and We Speak in Storms!
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus’s bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.
Trinidad. Sixteen-year-old Audre is despondent, having just found out she’s going to be sent to live in America with her father because her strictly religious mother caught her with her secret girlfriend, the pastor’s daughter. Audre’s grandmother Queenie (a former dancer who drives a white convertible Cadillac and who has a few secrets of her own) tries to reassure her granddaughter that she won’t lose her roots, not even in some place called Minneapolis. “America have dey spirits too, believe me,” she tells Audre.
Minneapolis. Sixteen-year-old Mabel is lying on her bed, staring at the ceiling and trying to figure out why she feels the way she feels—about her ex Terrell, about her girl Jada and that moment they had in the woods, and about the vague feeling of illness that’s plagued her all summer. Mabel’s reverie is cut short when her father announces that his best friend and his just-arrived-from-Trinidad daughter are coming for dinner.
Mabel quickly falls hard for Audre and is determined to take care of her as she tries to navigate an American high school. But their romance takes a turn when test results reveal exactly why Mabel has been feeling low-key sick all summer and suddenly it’s Audre who is caring for Mabel as she faces a deeply uncertain future
Junauda Petrus is a writer, pleasure activist, filmmaker and performance artist, born on Dakota land of Black-Caribbean descent. Her work centers around wildness, queerness, Black-diasporic-futurism, ancestral healing, sweetness, shimmer and liberation. She lives in Minneapolis with her wife and family.
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The Stars and The Blackness Between Them Blog Tour
September 16 – Forever and Everly – Moodboard + Review
September 17 – The Paige-Turner – Creative Instagram Picture
September 18 – The Library Voice – Author Guest Post
September 19 – Books and Blends – Review + Creative Instagram Picture
September 23 – GladiatorGlory – Inspired by the Book: Makeup
September 24 – The Heart of a Book Blogger – Moodboard
September 25 – The Baroness of Books – Favorite Quote Graphics + Review
September 26 – Fictionally Sam – Review