Candice Brathwaite's much-anticipated second book about all the things she wishes she'd been told when she was young and needed guidance.
I Am Not Your Baby Mother was a landmark publication in 2020. A thought-provoking, urgent and inspirational guide to life as a Black British mum, it was an important call-to-arms allowing mothers to take control and scrap the parenting rulebook to do it their own way. It was a Sunday Times top five bestseller.
Sista Sister goes further. It is a compilation of essays about all the things Candice wishes someone had talked to her about when she was a young Black girl growing up in London. From family and money to Black hair and fashion, as well as relationships between people of different races and colourism, this will be a fascinating read that will have another profound impact on conversations about Black Lives Matter.
Written in Candice's trademark straight-talking, warm and funny style, it will delight her fans, old and new.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A year after I Am Not Your Baby Mother—Candice Brathwaite’s bold exploration of Black motherhood in Britain—comes Sista Sister, a collection of essays in which the writer contemplates the things she wished she knew growing up. “This book is broken down into 10 life lessons I’ve learned the hard way,” Brathwaite writes in her introduction, in which she makes it clear that this book is for Black women and girls first, allies second. “I hope by sharing some of my insights, the road you travel won’t be as rocky for you.” There are some subjects to which Brathwaite dedicates tens of pages—her relationship to her hair (and how she learned to heal it), colourism (one of this book’s most powerful essays) and social media, for instance—and others which she keeps brilliantly brief (see Lesson 3, an eight-word statement on family). Whatever she’s tackling, Brathwaite’s frank writing contains plenty of candour, wit, humour, fearlessness and warmth. All of which makes reading Sista Sister feel like speaking to a good friend who isn’t afraid to tell you how it is. A powerful read featuring plenty of hard-won wisdom.