Nikesha Elise Williams starts her book off with a graphic sex scene, but the reader quickly discovers that Four Women is about much more than unhappy, dysfunctional relationships. Her book tackles the role of black women in the world—she took partial inspiration from Nina Simone’s song of the same name. The book also addresses tragedy and the nuanced layers of humanity that make certain nothing is as straightforward as it seems.

Williams discusses her book with Ron Davis, father of murdered teen Jordan Davis, 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Ave., Northbank,