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Meet Queenie, a mid-twenties journalist from London, on the verge of falling completely apart!
At the start of the novel, Queenie seems to have it all - happy home, loving relationship, great friends, wonderful job. But we learn very quickly that all is not quite as rosy as it seems. As the story progresses, Queenie has to deal with a series of challenges that push her catastrophist self to its limits. Relationships deteriorate, and so does her opinion of herself.
Against protests from her British Jamaican family, who are thoroughly against any outside help, Queenie finally seeks the aid of a therapist and begins to rebuild bonds, her life, and most importantly, her love for herself.
This is a beautifully written novel from an incredibly talented writer. It is incredidbly familiar feeling, and will have you laughing, crying and occasionally rolling your eyes in despair as Queenie moves through London and various problems. The story does a good job of tackling various political and current issues such as the Black Lives Matter movement, and the objectification of black women, without feeling as though it is lecturing you.
If you enjoyed Bridget Jones or Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, or like a strong female protagonist, or just enjoy a really good, well-written book, this is a must for you.— Hannah Reidell
As Queenie--a Jamaican born Londoner-- navigates a painful period in her twenties she wins our hearts. Carty-Williams incisively shows how a struggling and heartbroken young woman straddling two cultures in a world of image and competition bravely faces her demons and works her way back to love. Queenie's fresh and current voice and spirit, her openness and her outrage will stay with me for a long, long time.— Sarah Bagby
“Positively brilliant. I was completely blown away by this debut, in which 25-year-old Queenie Jenkins is navigating a lot. She recently went on break from a long-term relationship, she can’t seem to find her stride at her job with a national newspaper, and she’s constantly trying to figure out how to navigate the various components of her identity. The biggest question of all: Can’t she be loved just because, without her blackness being seen as exotic or a caveat? Candice Carty-Williams’ debut is a completely fresh voice that shines light on a literary perspective frequently overlooked — that of young, black women. An absolute must-read.”
— Destinee Hodge, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC
“Wow! Queenie is a fabulous read—absolutely amazing. This book took me through the paces. There were laughs and tears; I was sad and angry. I wanted to shake some sense into Queenie and fight for her—just so many emotions. I understood Queenie because I know her. She is my sister, my cousin, my friends, and at times she is me. She embodies the emotional roller coaster that so many women ride every day. Mental health is important, even for the strongest of women. A wonderful debut!”
— Kim Brock, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH