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“Riveting, fearless, and vividly original” (Emily St. John Mandel, New York Times bestselling author), this instant New York Times bestseller explores the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing.
Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust.
Then the notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk: LEAVE WAGNER. NOW.
It’s hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages. But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realizes that there’s a lot more at stake than just her career. Having joined Wagner Books to honor the legacy of Burning Heart, a novel written and edited by two Black women, she had thought that this animosity was a relic of the past. Is Nella ready to take on the fight of a new generation?
“Poignant, daring, and darkly funny, The Other Black Girl will have you stressed and exhilarated in equal measure through the very last twist” (Vulture). The perfect read for anyone who has ever felt manipulated, threatened, or overlooked in the workplace.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Workplace rivalry gets really messy in this smart, satirical thriller. Nella is an editorial assistant at a well-respected publishing house, and one of the only Black people on staff—until Hazel steps in. While Nella has struggled to climb the corporate ladder, Hazel (who is smart and capable, and has great hair) easily charms her superiors and nabs plum assignments. The complexities of race, colorism, and office culture add layers to Nella’s story as she’s pulled into a conspiracy bigger than the New York literary world. Zakiya Dalila Harris’s debut novel is clever and entertaining. Plus, the narration by Aja Naomi King (with help from Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Bahni Turpin, and Heather Alicia Sims in flashback sequences) is excellent, capturing the many rivalries at play. A smart, satirical literary suspense novel with echoes of Boots Riley’s film Sorry to Bother You, this is a thought-provoking delight.
It was unique. I haven’t read a book like this in a while so it was surprisingly entertaining.
Couldn’t put it down!
I loved this novel! It didn’t start making sense until well almost halfway through the story, but when it does, it’ll leave you wanting more until the plot twist at the end! I wish I could listen to it for the first time all over again
Far fetched, yes, but oddly relatable and absolutely entertaining. A worthy summer read replete with rich and complex characters, drama, intrigue, and the complexities and idiosyncrasies of being Black while working in predominantly white spaces. Highly recommend this juicy gem of a read.