Tyriek White - We Are a Haunting


The Garden District Book Shop is partnering with Baldwin & Co. for a celebratory cocktail party and reading for Tyriek White and his debut novel We Are a Haunting, the story of three generations of a working class family and their inherited ghosts: a story of hope and transformation. 

The event is free and open to the public. The event will kick off with signature cocktails and snacks from The Chicory House, followed by a short reading from White. White will then chat with guests and sign copies of We Are a Haunting.

Afterward, guests are invited to join White at Baldwin & Co. for a discussion and second signing beginning at 6:00  PM.  Books will be available for purchase at both The Garden District Book Shop and Baldwin & Co.

In 1980's Brooklyn, Key is enchanted with her world, glowing with her dreams. A charming and tender doula serving the Black women of her East New York neighborhood, she lives, like her mother, among the departed and learns to speak to and for them. Her untimely death leaves behind her mother Audrey, who is on the verge of losing the public housing apartment they once shared. Colly, Key's grieving son, soon learns that he too has inherited this sacred gift and begins to slip into the liminal space between the living and the dead on his journey to self-realization.

In the present, an expulsion from school forces Colly across town where, feeling increasingly detached and disenchanted with the condition of his community, he begins to realize that he must, ultimately, be accountable to the place he is from. After college, having forged an understanding of friendship, kinship, community, and how to foster love in places where it seems impossible, Colly returns to East New York to work toward addressing structural neglect and the crumbling blocks of New York City public housing he was born to; discovering a collective path forward from the wreckages of the past. A supernatural family saga, a searing social critique, and a lyrical and potent account of displaced lives, We Are a Haunting unravels the threads connecting the past, present, and future, and depicts the palpable, breathing essence of the neglected corridors of a pulsing city with pathos and poise.

Event date: 

Thursday, May 18, 2023 - 5:00pm

Event address: 

The Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
We Are a Haunting: A Novel By Tyriek White Cover Image
ISBN: 9781662601712
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Astra House - April 25th, 2023