"What's Mine and Yours is a once-every-few-years reading experience for me. I was completely seduced by the honesty of Coster's prose, the tenderness she has for her characters. To say Coster pulls off something special here is a massive understatement. I've placed this novel on a shelf among those most dear to me, and I imagine I'll return to it many, many times."
— Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes
"Naima Coster's What's Mine and Yourspatiently and unerringly tracks the boundaries, unearths the secrets, and stares unblinkingly at what's essential to knowing oneself and the larger histories we're forced to navigate. A beautifully-wrought investigation of family, race, inheritance, and belonging."
— Cristina García, author of Here in Berlinand Dreaming in Cuban
"Moving fluidly between perspectives and time, What's Mine and Yours is a mesmerizing story of two families brought together through choice and circumstance in one North Carolina town. Naima Coster is a storyteller of astounding clarity and compassion."-
— Lisa Ko, National Book Award finalist of The Leavers
"What's Mine and Yours is a book about parents who try and fail and then try again. An extraordinary cast of characters, nuanced and full of insight. It's about children who hold their loved ones accountable. It reveals in absolutely engrossing and tension-filled prose how a tragedy haunts a family. Coster is a master storyteller through and through. Read this book."
— Angie Cruz, author of Dominicana
"What's Mine And Yours is a powerful and timely family saga about the complex webs forged by love and tragedy - gripping, generous, and deeply felt. It's a moving examination of what we inherit, and what it means to love both wholeheartedly and imperfectly. This is a book, in other words, for anyone who's ever had a family."
— Rachel Khong, author of Goodbye, Vitamin
Naima Coster's What's Mine and Yours moves from moment to moment of startling grace. This expansive, generous novel tackles big themes - systemic racism, the reverberations of gun violence, class inequity - but it always feels thrillingly personal. Multiple times, it moved me to tears. An exquisite and vital portrait of family, place, and the bonds that transform our lives, What's Mine and Yours is more than a beautiful read - it's an essential one, destined to be talked about for years to come as a book that saw the world and spoke the truth with tenderness, wisdom, and love."
— Julie Buntin, author of Marlena
"Naima Coster weaves a beautiful tapestry of voices together in What's Mine and Yours. This is a sprawling, moving narrative about the messiness of love and family, mothering, race, and community. Here we follow two families connected by place and circumstance as they try to free themselves of those bonds. The result? Rich, complex individual stories that merge to form a satisfying, startling end."
— Crystal Hana Kim, Author of If You Leave Me
"What's Mine and Yours explodes with love, passion, and their piercing aftermath. Naima Coster renders two unforgettable families, their labyrinthine bonds and heartaches, with propulsive and startling clarity. This is a novel of scorching beauty."
— Patricia Engel, author of It's Not Just Love, It's Paris and Vida
“A rich, emotionally complex story about family and identity, What’s Mine and Yours is both intimate and sweeping: an exploration of many kinds of love, the repercussions of long-ago decisions, and the burdens of personal and political history. In deft, elegant prose, Naima Coster limns passions and betrayals and long-held grievances, the ties that bind and the ones that fray and tatter. I loved this novel.”
—Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train and The Exiles
"Coster balances the tender and the sharp moments shared between families better than anyone else writing."
—Elizabeth Acevedo, National Book Award winning author of The Poet X
“What's Mine and Yours is powerful and unfailingly generous, a story of two families you won’t be able to forget. Marvelously profound and moving.”
—R.O. KWON, author of The Incendiaries
"Through its flawed and flawlessly crafted ensemble cast, Naima Coster's What's Mine and Yours shows us how a single tragedy ripples through two families and a community already on the edge. Crisscrossing time, states, and the Atlantic Ocean, Coster explores the complexities of marriage, race, and family ties in this engrossing and deftly woven novel."
—Melissa Rivero, author of The Affairs of the Falcóns
Naima Coster in conversation with Christina Baker-Kline
Naima Coster in conversation with Elizabeth Acevado
Virtual event with Leesa Cross-Smith