Naima Coster

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Open Book: Get to Know Naima Coster
Open Book: Meet Naima Coster
Naima Coster (she/her) is the author of Halsey Street, and a finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Fiction and was a 2020 National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 honoree. Naima’s stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Kweli, the Paris Review Daily, Catapult, the Rumpus, and elsewhere.
What’s Mine and Yours, an instant New York Times bestseller, is an expansive, vibrant tapestry that moves between the years, from the foothills of North Carolina, to Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Paris. It explores the unique organism that is every family: what breaks them apart and how they come back together.
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What is the view from your writing space?I have a small office where I do my writing. It means the world to be able to close the door and have something like quiet and space. It’s full of my daughter’s toys, my own books, boxes of my old journals and papers, but it’s got my desk and computer and that’s really all I need. I keep a few of my daughter’s drawings up on the wall.Naima Coster's Writing Space View
What are you listening to?
I’ve been listening nonstop to Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers. I love the song “ICU” especially. I also adore FKA twigs and have been listening to her latest album, Magdalene. I never cease to be inspired by her––”sad day” is one of my favorites.
If you could get lunch with one author (living or dead), who would it be?
I’d be thrilled to get lunch with Zora Neale Hurston. Their Eyes Were Watching God is one of the most important books to me, and I’ve loved it in different ways at different times in my life. I’d love to listen to Hurston talk about literature and publishing, her friendships, her own life

What's your Zodiac sign, and is it accurate?

I’m a Pisces, and, yes, it’s terribly accurate. Lots of big feelings, dreams, and moods.

What's the last book you recommended to your best friend, and why?

I gave The Need by Helen Phillips to two of my closest friends. It’s a smart, surprising thriller, but it’s also one of the most moving, intimate portrayals I’ve ever read of what it’s like to be a mother to very young children.

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