Join East City Bookshop and author M.L. Rio for the paperback launch of If We Were Villains. M.L. Rio will be in conversation with Marcus Kyd, Artistic Director at Taffety Punk Theatre Company. Part coming-of-age story, part confession, If We Were Villains explores the magical and dangerous boundary between art and life. In this tale of loyalty and betrayal, madness and ecstasy, the players must choose what roles to play before the curtain falls.
Much like Donna Tartt s The Secret History, M. L. Rio s sparkling debut is a richly layered story of love, friendship, and obsession. Both comic and tragic, this novel asks what people are willing to sacrifice in the name of ambition. Expertly plotted, beautifully written, If We Were Villains will keep you riveted through its final, electrifying moments.
Cynthia D Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest
"This is a rare and extraordinary novel: a vivid rendering of the closed world of a conservatory education, a tender and harrowing exploration of friendship, and a genuinely breathtaking literary thriller. I can t recommend this book highly enough, and can t wait to read what M. L. Rio writes next."
Emily St. John Mandel, New York Times bestselling author of Station Eleven
If Were Villains will be released April 11th, 2018, and is available for pre-order in the shop and online.