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“Her Own Happiness: A Novel” by Eden Appiah-Kubi at Busboys and Poets

September 5, 2023 @ 6:00 pm EDT


Maya Davis is living in paradise until her apartment, her career, and her dreams fall away in a horrible and dramatic fashion. Suddenly she’s packing her life into two suitcases and heading back to her parents’ home in Maryland, scrambling for a plan B. Happy thirty-first birthday, Maya. Right beside her is Ant, Maya’s best friend. While she’s returning home, Ant’s leaving his home for the first time. Even though he moved away to start his own adventure, Ant can’t seem to separate himself from Maya—and he’s not sure he wants to.

Thinking practically for once, Maya makes her top priority finding a career—or at least a job with health insurance. But when she’s drawn into the orbit of Emme Vivant, the influential girlboss decides Maya has potential. Suddenly there are new contacts, new clothes, and the possibility of a shiny new future that could make this move home worthwhile. But is Maya finally in control of her life, or is she losing it? Just as Ant’s platonic feelings for Maya deepen, his best friend in the world seems to be moving on without him.

In this tender and vibrant novel, Maya learns that finding the right path might not matter as much as finding herself—and who’s beside her on the journey.

Eden Appiah-Kubi and Hawa Jalloh are joining us on the Busboys stage to celebrate HER OWN HAPPINESS. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during and after the event, and the author will be signing following the program.

This event is free and open to all. Our program begins at 6:00 pm, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Copies of HER OWN HAPPINESS will be available for purchase before and after the event. Please note that this event is IN PERSON and will NOT be livestreamed.

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Eden Appiah-Kubi, author of The Bennet Women, has been putting her spin on classic stories since third grade. She was born in Washington, DC, and raised in the Maryland suburbs, where she still lives with her husband and hilarious daughter.

Hawa Jalloh is a librarian, co-host of the These Books Made Me podcast, and lover of Black books (hawa.reads on Instagram). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she’s probably at a concert or listening to her favorite records.


September 5, 2023
6:00 pm EDT


Busboys and Poets
450 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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