"Queenie" by Candice Carty-Williams

By Williams, Candice Carty

Reviewed by Julia

ISBN 9781501196027

This is an up-all-night read!  Bridget Jones (Fielding) meets Americanah (Adichie) is as good a description as it gets.  Satisfying, full of struggle, heart and laugh out loud scenes, not to mention moments I held my breath and teared up.  I fell in love with this character, Queenie, a British gal with Jamaican blood who is exhausted by explaining #blacklivesmatter to inept white people while she works the dating scene, trying to find a way to self love and assertion of her own body and soul.  Meanwhile, the neighborhood around her is lightening due to gentrification, her favorite childhood haunts disappearing and her sense of belonging is threatened.  Note of sensitivity: graphic sex scenes, and an experience of miscarriage.  But you will also laugh and feel, and while cringing at her dating experiences and choices, you will cheer for Queenie to remove herself from the cycles of living that do not serve her.  Recommending to all the life-hardened women I know!

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