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They Could Have Named Her Anything - with Stephanie Jimenez

Author Stephanie Jimenez will read from her new book, They Could Have Named Her Anything, which Kirkus Reviews called "a natural for both adult and teen readers."

Stephanie's reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Refreshments can be purchased from the bar. (Please, no outside food or beverage.)

They Could Have Named Her Anything is now available for purchase at Rough Draft Bar & Books, for 10% off leading up to Stephanie's reading.

This event is part of Rough Draft's monthly writer's retreat, which aims to bring new and diverse voices to the Hudson Valley and give authors a chance to relax, write, enjoy Kingston, and interact with readers at Rough Draft during a Wednesday evening reading and book signing.

Please note: This event may include mature themes and adult language, and may not be suitable for all ages.


Racism, class, and betrayal collide in this poignant debut novel about restoring the broken bonds of family and friendship.

Every morning, seventeen-year-old Maria Anís Rosario takes the subway an hour from her boisterous and close-knit family in Queens to her private high school on the Upper East Side, where she struggles to fit in as one of the only Latina students--until Rocky welcomes her into this new life. White, rebellious, and ignored by her wealthy parents, Rocky uses her money toward one goal: to get away with anything. To Maria, it's a dazzling privilege.

As a bond develops between these unlikely friends, neither can see what they share most--jealousy and the desire for each other's lives. But crackling under the surface of their seemingly supportive alliance, the girls begin to commit little betrayals as they strive to get closer to their ideals regardless of the consequences.

Told from the perspectives of Maria, Rocky, and their fathers, They Could Have Named Her Anything explores the heartfelt expectation of what it means to live up to the name you've been given and the more rewarding discovery of what really matters.

Later Event: October 10
Rough Draft Trivia with Rich