Jamaica Kincaid’s Party: A Mystery

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A beautifully illustrated story of three girls caught up in the most curious of mysteries.

Forthcoming: 6/4/19 from Akashic Books.

Three girls—Pam, Beth, and Sue—attend a party to celebrate the publication of the first of the Nancy Drew mystery books. There are many distractions at the fancy affair: flower arrangements, partygoers, refreshments, and lots and lots of marble. Suddenly, the oldest girl, Pam, sees what can only be described as something truly . . . bilious . . . not good! Beth sees it too. The youngest, Sue, does not, and as usual she has a hard time getting anyone to tell her anything. Party: A Mystery is a beautifully drawn adventure story that promises questions that will grab children, but does not guarantee an answer. The story’s language builds and swings between lyrical and snappy—packing a wallop.

he book, based on a story by Kincaid that was initially published in The New Yorker in 1980, tells of three children flitting about an extravagant anniversary party for the Nancy Drew novels, when they see something scary that can’t be unseen.

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