Liara Tamani lives in Houston, Texas. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College. She is the author of the acclaimed Calling My Name, which was a 2018 PEN America Literary Award Finalist and a 2018 SCBWI Golden Kite Finalist, and All the Things We Never Knew. www.liaratamani.com
"An excellent portrayal of African American culture, gorgeous
lyrical prose, strong characters, and societal critique make
Tamani's debut a must-read."--Booklist (starred
"If there's one book I wish I could reach through time and hand to seventeen-year-old me, it's this one. Calling My Name is a treasure."--Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin
"This lush debut novel is written in distinct prose that reads like poetry. Young adults will connect with this protagonist and this dynamic new voice. Fans of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas will especially love this lyrical novel. A great selection in any library collection."
--School Library Journal
"While not quite stream of consciousness, this novel moves dreamily along wayward paths. ...Readers willing to be swept along by Tamani's poetic language and imagery will appreciate the journey. ... This debut is reminiscent of Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming or Marilyn Hilton's Full Cicada Moon."--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)