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This is a signed first edition, first print of "NIGHTCRAWLING" by Leila Mattley. It was longlisted for the 2022 Booker and published by KNOPF in 2022.

Here is a synopsis of the novel from Goodreads -

Kiara and her brother, Marcus, are scraping by in an East Oakland apartment complex optimistically called the Regal-Hi. Both have dropped out of high school, their family fractured by death and prison. But while Marcus clings to his dream of rap stardom, Kiara hunts for work to pay their rent--which has more than doubled--and to keep the nine-year-old boy next door, abandoned by his mother, safe and fed.

One night, what begins as a drunken misunderstanding with a stranger turns into the job Kiara never imagined wanting but now desperately needs: nightcrawling. Her world breaks open even further when her name surfaces in an investigation that exposes her as a key witness in a massive scandal within the Oakland Police Department.

Even though this novel failed to make the shortlist I have been waiting anxiously to read it and will review it shortly.

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