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There You Are

By Mathea Morais

Release Date: 10/8/2019

ISBN: 9781948705585 | eBook ISBN: 9781948705592

A Love story pressed to vinyl

Growing up in the '80s and '90s in St. Louis, Octavian Munroe and Mina Rose found a future in music. Between the stacks at Rahsaan's Records, the two fell in love to the sounds of Prince and A Tribe Called Quest. But in the wake of grief and heartbreak, they drifted apart, ultimately leaving the city for fresh starts.

Decades later, Rahsaan's Records is closing for good. Seeking closure of their own, Octavian and Mina travel homeward, reckoning with the ghosts of the past they left behind and the uncertain future they must create.

Insightful and nostalgic, There You Are is a novel of love, loss, and the power of community, powered by a phenomenal soundtrack of hip hop, soul, and jazz.


Mathea Morais is a really gifted writer. It is a special joy for those of us who are fortunate enough to have read her coming-of-age, personal and intimate story of a time in St. Louis circling the death of Michael Brown.
— Harry Belafonte, activist, actor, singer, and author
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About Mathea Morais

Mathea Morais grew up in St. Louis and earned a degree in Literature from NYU. She began her career writing about hip hop culture and music for The Source and Trace Urban Magazine. Her work has gone on to appear in The New Engagement, Slush Pile Magazine, Arts & Ideas, and Anti-Heroin Chic. She is the Director of the Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha's Vineyard and has taught creative writing to children and young adults for over fifteen years. She lives with her husband, her three daughters, and a beloved dog.