At Home with Literati: Ore Agbaje-Williams & Kirstin Chen

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 - 12:00pm

We're pleased to welcome Ore Agbaje-Williams in support of The Three of Us. She'll be joined in conversation by Kirstin Chen.

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The wife has it all: A big house in a nice neighborhood. A devoted, affectionate husband, who loves her above all else. And a ride-or-die snarky best friend, Temi, with whom she has been friends since childhood. Temi—brilliant, confident, caustic—doesn’t particularly care for her friend’s husband; the husband, for his part, has made his displeasure at Temi’s frequent presence in their home known, though it’s a small price to pay for the woman he loves. The only thing missing from this picture-perfect portrait is a baby—but motherhood is a serious undertaking, especially for the wife who has valued her selfhood more than anything.

On a seemingly normal day, Temi comes over to spend a lazy afternoon with the wife: drinking wine, eating snacks, and laughing about facile men. But when the husband comes home from work, a series of confessions are made that threaten to throw everything off balance and force the wife’s two confidantes to jockey for their positions. All three parties have something to lose, and as the day unfolds, the trio's dented visions of each other finally unravel, throwing everyone’s integrity into question and their long-drawn-out territorial dance—carefully constructed over pivotal years—into utter chaos.

Addictive, thought-provoking, and brimming with piercing social commentary, THE THREE OF US is a superlative character study and triptych of domestic life about the fine line between compromise and betrayal, and the scores we keep and the injustices we endure for the people we love.

Ore Agbaje-Williams is a British Nigerian writer and book editor from London. The Three of Us is her first novel.

Kirstin Chen is the New York Times bestselling author of CounterfeitSoy Sauce for Beginners and Bury What We Cannot Take. Born and raised in Singapore, she currently lives in New York City. 

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The Three of Us By Ore Agbaje-Williams Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593540718
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 16th, 2023