Aya de Leon Author of The Boss
Laurel Book Store welcomes Aya de Leon to read from her newest book The Boss!
Tyesha Couvillier seems to have escaped her disastrous past on Chicago’s South Side. She’s finished graduate school and stopped working as an escort. Now she’s director of a Manhattan women’s health clinic, and as the new boss, she’s called to lead in labor crisis. The dancers at the One-Eyed-King want to unionize, but the chain of strip clubs is controlled by Ukrainian mobsters with no regard for any laws, least of all labor codes. Meanwhile, Tyesha’s high drama relatives from Chicago have moved to Brooklyn, including Tyesha’s teenage niece who’s trying to break into the rap game. She begs Tyesha to rekindle her romance with a rap star she used to date. Tyesha initially encountered him as a rude client too drunk for sex. He became a promising suitor until he expected an easy lay because of her profession. According to his latest album he’s changed. But can she trust him? She needs a clear head to deal with her more dangerous relatives and the deadly anti-union thugs who threaten her, the strippers, and the clinic.
AYA DE LEÓN teaches creative writing in UC Berkeley’s African American Studies Department. Her work has been acclaimed in the Village Voice, the Washington Post, and American Theatre magazine. Her writing has been featured in Guernica, Essence, Ebony, The Huffington Post, xoJane and Bitch magazine. She is an alumna of Cave Canem and VONA. Visit her online at ayadeleon.com, on Twitter @AyadeLeon or on Facebook.