THERE YOU ARE by Mathea Morais

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Growing up in the '80s and '90s in St. Louis, Octavian Munroe and Mina Rose found a future in music. Between the stacks at Rahsaan's Records, the two fell in love to the sounds of Prince and A Tribe Called Quest. But in the wake of grief and heartbreak, they drifted apart, ultimately leaving the city for fresh starts.

Decades later, Rahsaan's Records is closing for good. Seeking closure of their own, Octavian and Mina travel homeward, reckoning with the ghosts of the past they left behind and the uncertain future they must create.

Insightful and nostalgic, There You Are is a wise novel of love, loss, and the power of community, backed by a phenomenal soundtrack of hip hop, soul, and jazz.

About the Author


Mathea Morais grew up in St. Louis and earned a degree in Literature from NYU. She began her career writing about hip hop culture and music for The Source and Trace Urban Magazine. Her work has gone on to appear in The New Engagement, Slush Pile Magazine, Arts & Ideas, and Anti-Heroin Chic. She is the Director of the Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha's Vineyard and has taught creative writing to children and young adults for over fifteen years. She lives with her husband, her three daughters, and a beloved dog.

Praise For…


Author featured in article on her position as director of the newly reopened Noepe Center for Literary Arts —Vineyard Gazettehttps://vineyardgazette.com/news/2019/03/27/next-chapter-noepe-returns
 
 
Article on author's position as director of the newly reopened Noepe Center for Literary Arts —Martha's Vineyard Timeshttps://www.mvtimes.com/2019/03/27/noepe-center-literary-arts-reopens-featherstone/
 
Author quoted on the Roots' album Things Fall Apart in "Things Fall Apart: A Critics Roundtable" —Red Bull Music Academy, http://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/
 
"Mathea Morais is a really gifted writer. It is a special joy for those of us who are fortunate enough to have read her coming-of age, personal and intimate story of a time in St. Louis circling the death of Michael Brown." —Harry Belafonte, activist, actor, singer, author

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