ONE OF TIME’S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019
NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019 BY WOMAN’S DAY, NEWSDAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, BUSTLE, AND BOOK RIOT!
“[B]rilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking.” —Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You
Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place.
Queenie Jenkins is a twenty-five-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places…including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.
As Queenie careens from one questionable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, “What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?”—all of the questions today’s woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her.
With “fresh and honest” (Jojo Moyes) prose, Queenie is a remarkably relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today’s world.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Queenie’s life is complicated. At 25, she’s attempting to decipher the men in her life—their clumsy come-ons, strategic silences, and sexual predilections—while also navigating family drama and a journalism career that isn’t as politically purposeful as she’d hoped. Candice Carty-Williams’ effervescent debut novel offers up pointed and witty social commentary about the rocky waters of British race relations and celebrates the knotty joys of female friendship. Queenie is a profound pleasure.
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Been so relatable to read it is the thing I enjoyed the most about it, although I didn’t have it as rough as Queenie did, we lived the pain, self doubt and destructive behaviors after a break up differently, but at the end suffer them the same way.
Friendship and family as shown in this story are our life support in situations like this, no matter how bad we feel, they are always there, and this is the true love we need to seek in life.
Such a great read! I saw myself in Queenie in a few ways.
One of the best books that I’ve read in a while. This brought me through so many emotions and was well written. I also love how current it is.