“What’s Mine and Yours”: Naima Coster’s tale of race & two families

September 30, 2022

Midday on WYPR,  September 30, 2022
with Tom Hall

Two collaged images: on the left, a book cover to “What’s Mine and Yours: A Novel” by Naima Coster. On the right, a photograph of Coster. The cover has silhouettes of two women—one in reds, a white character, and the other in blues, a Black character. The first wears straight her hair down. The second wears it back. Text says: “’Coster balances the tender and the sharp moments shared between families better than anyone else writing’— Elizabeth Acevedo, National Book Award Winner.” Text says “The ‘New York Times’ bestseller.” On the right is Coster, an Afro-Latina woman with curly, black hair down to about her chin. She smiles and wears a short sleeved, black shirt and jeans. She stands with her arms crossed, in front of a colorful mural.Joining Tom now is Naima Coster, the author of the New York Times best seller, What’s Mine and Yours, which has been chosen by Maryland Humanities as this year’s One Maryland One Book. That’s a program in which Marylanders all over the state read the same book, and have the opportunity to talk about it with other readers, and with the author.

Naima Coster’s novel explores the dynamics of family and community, and the divisions that course through the lives of sisters and their circle in a story that pivots from North Carolina to California, France, and elsewhere.

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