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Meet Alli Frank & Asha Youmans

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Meet Alli Frank & Asha Youmans

Join us for a virtual Silent Book Club on Tuesday, July 28, with Alli Frank and Asha Youmans, authors of Tiny Imperfections. The novel is a delightfully scathing view into kindergarten admissions at an elite private school in San Francisco. Very much relevant in these times, the authors skewer lawnmower parents, tech bros, and white privilege.

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About the book

All’s fair in love and kindergarten admissions.

At thirty-nine, Josie Bordelon's modeling career as the "it" black beauty of the '90s is far behind her. Now director of admissions at San Francisco's most sought after private school, she's chic, single, and determined to keep her seventeen-year-old daughter, Etta, from making the same mistakes she did.

But Etta has plans of her own—and their beloved matriarch, Aunt Viv, has Etta's back. If only Josie could manage Etta's future as well as she manages the shenanigans of the over-anxious, over-eager parents at school—or her best friend's attempts to coax Josie out of her sex sabbatical and back onto the dating scene.

As admissions season heats up, Josie discovers that when it comes to matters of the heart—and the office—the biggest surprises lie closest to home. Read an excerpt of the book.

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Paperback: $16.00
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons 
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 5.4 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the authors  


Alli Frank has worked in education for over twenty years, from an overcrowded, cacophonous public high school to a pristine private girl’s school. A graduate of Cornell and Stanford University, Alli lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two daughters. Tiny Imperfections is her debut novel.

Asha Youmans attended public schools until graduating from one of the foremost private schools in the Pacific Northwest. She has spent twenty years teaching elementary students and now lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two sons. Tiny Imperfections is her debut novel.