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Zola, the viral Twitter thread-turned-film, is now a book

The Thotyssey continues

Zola, the A24 film based on the wildly popular Twitter thread by A’ziah ‘Zola’ King, is now a book.

In the lead up to the film’s premiere on June 30, A24 is publishing a special hardbound novelette version of the viral Twitter thread. Called The Story (AKA the Thotyssey), the book features bright purple trim pages and pages of the story’s most memorable (read: wild) passages.

The original Twitter thread, posted in October 2015 by Detroit-based stripper A’ziah ‘Zola’ King, features 148 tweets detailing a weekend of debauchery that quickly descends into a hellish whirlwind of sex, murder, and near-suicide.

The film, directed by Janicza Bravo and co-written by Slave Play playwright Jeremy O’Harris, follows Zola (Taylour Paige), a Detroit waitress who strikes up a friendship with a customer named Stefani (Riley Keough). 

Together, they head to Florida to earn some money stripping at a club where Stefani has heard dancer tips are excellent. As the trip progresses, Stefani puts Zola and herself in more insane and dangerous situations, including run-ins with a nameless pimp and some Tampa gangsters.

The book version will be available for purchase June 16 on the A24 website, but in the meantime, check out our comprehensive list on all the reasons you should watch Zola.