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    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

    BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD

    Longlisted for The Women's Prize for Fiction

    Queenie is a 25-year-old Black woman living in south London, straddling Jamaican and British culture whilst slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper where she's constantly forced to compare herself to her white, middle-class peers and beg to write about Black Lives Matter. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie finds herself seeking comfort in all the wrong places.

    As Queenie veers from one regrettable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be? - the questions that every woman today must face in a world that keeps trying to provide the answers for them.

    A darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on life, love, race and family, Queenie will have you nodding in recognition, crying in solidarity and rooting for this unforgettable character every step of the way. A disarmingly honest, boldly political and truly inclusive tale that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and acceptance and found something very different in its place.

    ©2019 Candice Carty-Williams (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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    "Inspirational, funny and wise." (Kit de Waal, author of My Name Is Leon)

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    Disappointed

    I had a hard time getting through the story, specially as I disliked or hated two thirds of the characters and their dialogues with the main character.
    For instance: I know that the older generation sometimes struggles with the concept of therapy but I find it hard to believe that a grandmother can watch a granddaughter go through so much trauma and still put it off as an embarrassment that Queenie is considering getting help! What?? How blind and unfeeling can one person be? I know the "toughen up and get on with life" speech is widespread
    ... but after witnessing her own daughter being in an abusive relationship, one would expect the grandmother character to have evolved a little bit. I would expect her to want to prevent the family history from repeating itself. But no! Her husband needs to say it's acceptable, for her to be onboard.

    Also, almost all the male characters are just awful. Only the older male characters seem to be acceptable (Gene and the grandfather). The rest is disgustingly 1-dimensional and egotistical. I know it's mostly on purpose, due to Queenie's state of mind - "she seeks out the bad/disposable guys"... but even the "perfect" Tom, acts completely unfeeling and shitty in the flashbacks! How she ever fell in love with him is puzzling to me.

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    loved it

    The narrator is just Wow! I really enjoyed the story, it touches upon a lot of different topics, but especially the narrator made it so much more enjoyable to listen to.

    • Gesamt
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    Funny, touching, deep. Perfectly written!

    This book is so well crafted. Great story telling, funny moments that helped deal with the troubles that the speaker so brilliantly makes the listener feel. The depth of the main character is amazing. I truly enjoyed this book.

    • Gesamt
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    Queenie a modern heroine

    I enjoyed reading Queenie as it brings together isdues of race and sex and how people can quickly get used to accepting racist behaviour.
    Fortunately, after an onslaught of men behaving badly Queenie gets her life back and with the support of family and friends gets her life back on track. A book that makes you think about how a young woman can get over so many setbacks but come out stronger and formidable.

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    Good story, great narrator

    The novel is a good read but listening to the narrator giving each character their unique accent and voice is a true pleasure.

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    Masterpiece

    I can not describe all the emotions i have felt while reading this book. Every black woman needs to read this book. I related on several levels.

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    Great narration but a bit of a depressing story

    It's definitely entertaining and relatable, plus you learn a lot as the author explores so many issues. But there is no denying that there is little pleasure in watching someone make so many bad decisions over and over again, with very little uplifting joy at the end for all your hard work ploughing your way through the mess.

    It's an important book in many ways, but I wonder if it does any good to so many of the issues it is trying to shine a light on. However every review seems to have a different opinion, so maybe it's enough that she is opening up the conversation on these topics.

    Buy it and see what you think.