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Debut novel is a domestic comedy examining marriage and friendship

 Author Ore Agbaje-Williams next to a cover of her book "The Three of Us"
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Ore Abjage-Williams, author of The Three of Us.

Ore Agbaje-Williams' debut novel "The Three of Us" asks: What if your two favorite people hated each other with a passion?

British-Nigerian writer Ore Agbaje-Williams got her start in the book world as an editor, so she knows how much work goes into getting a book published.

“They do so much,“ said Agbaje-Williams, noting the work of pitching books and writers, scheduling meetings, and communicating with many people on multiple books at a time. "I was grateful already to be getting a book deal in the first place. To have seen behind the scenes of what goes into it. ... It just made me really, really grateful. "

Agbaje-Williams joined What We're Reading to talk about her debut novel The Three of Us. It examines the relationship over the course of one day between a wife, known in the story only as wife, her husband, and the wife’s best friend Temi.

Long-standing tensions between the three characters come to a breaking point in this sharp debut, told in each character’s perspective and in sparse, concise language and style.

“When you're in somebody's head, you don't want too much description. You want to know what people are thinking,“ Agbaje-Williams said.

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Tammy works at Bemidji State University's library, and she hosts "What We're Reading," a show about books and authors.