Alli Frank and Asha Youmans are the coauthors of Tiny Imperfections, a charming and funny novel about love, family, and kindergarten admissions. The story centers around Josie Bordelon, admissions director at an elite private school in San Francisco. Her daughter Etta is a rising star at the SF Ballet School with dreams of attending Julliard, but Josie wants her on the straight and narrow college path. As the admissions season kicks in, overbearing parents up the ante at school, the matriarch of the Bordelon family—Aunt Viv—falls ill, and Josie's love life goes on life support, despite the efforts of her best friend.
Alli and Asha joined Silent Book Club for a virtual author chat to discuss their collaboration on Tiny Imperfections and the challenges of publishing during a pandemic. The debut authors shared their experience co-writing a book for the first time, the inspiration for the story, and how tough conversations about race were part of the process.
These veteran educators had to quickly learn to navigate the worlds of book publishing and Hollywood in rapid succession. Tiny Imperfections has been optioned for TV/film rights by a major studio, so the next turn for the Bordelon women may be on screen. Alli and Asha's casting pick for Golden Boy? Chris Hemsworth. Yes, please.
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