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March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In-Person: An Evening with Andrew Boryga & Dwyer Murphy


March 16
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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The Books & Books Literary Foundation presents…

An Evening with Andrew Boryga

in conversation with

Dwyer Murphy


Victim: A Novel

(Doubleday, $27)

Saturday, March 16th, 7 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with Andrew Boryga for the highly anticipated launch of his new novel: Victim (Doubleday,$27). He will be in conversation with author Dwyer Murphy.

Can’t make the event? Pre-order VICTIM here!


About the Book:

There’s a fine line between bending the truth and telling bold-faced lies, and Javier Perez is willing to cross it. Victim is a fearless satire about a hustler from the Bronx who sees through the veneer of diversity initiatives and decides to cash in on the odd currency of identity.

Javier Perez is a hustler from a family of hustlers. He learns from an early age how to play the game to his own advantage, how his background—murdered drug dealer dad, single cash-strapped mom, best friend serving time for gang activity—can be a key to doors he didn’t even know existed. This kind of story, molded in the right way, is just what college admissions committees are looking for, and a full academic scholarship to a prestigious university brings Javi one step closer to his dream of becoming a famous writer.

As a college student, Javi embellishes his life story until there’s not even a kernel of truth left. The only real connection to his past is the occasional letter he trades with his childhood best friend, Gio, who doesn’t seem to care about Javi’s newfound awareness of white privilege or the school-to-prison pipeline. Soon after Javi graduates, a viral essay transforms him from a writer on the rise to a journalist at a legendary magazine where the editors applaud his “unique perspective.” But Gio more than anyone knows who Javi really is, and sees through his game. Once Gio’s released from prison and Javi offers to cut him in on the deal, will he play along with Javi’s charade, or will it all come crumbling down?

A sendup of virtue signaling and tear-jerking trauma plots written with the bite of Paul Beatty, Victim asks what real diversity looks like and how far one man is willing to go to make his story hit the right notes.

About the Author:

ANDREW BORYGA grew up in the Bronx and now lives in Miami with his wife and two children. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe New Yorker, and The Atlantic, and been awarded prizes by Cornell University, The University of Miami, The Susquehanna Review, and The Michener Foundation. He is an alumni of the University of Miami MFA program, attended the Tin House Writer’s Workshop, and has taught writing to college students, elementary students, and incarcerated adults.

About the Moderator:

Dwyer Murphy is the author of The Stolen Coast (“A perfect summer escape.”—Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air) and An Honest Living, both New York Times Editors’ Choice selections, and the editor-in-chief of CrimeReadsLiterary Hub’s crime fiction vertical and the world’s most popular destination for thriller readers. He practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City, where he was a litigator, and served as editor of the Columbia Law Review. He was previously an Emerging Writer Fellow at the Center for Fiction.

Ticketing Guidelines:

GENERAL ADMISSION: Tickets admit entry into the event but does NOT include a copy of the book.

TICKET/BOOK BUNDLE: Tickets include a copy of VICTIM, which will be handed out upon entry to the event.