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OD Book of The Month NOV | 2023

Title: Queenie

Author: Candice Carty-Williams

Genre: Fiction

Published: 3/19/2019

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Why It's a Must Read

Candice Carty-Williams' novel 'Queenie' is a compelling and powerful exploration of identity, relationships, and self-acceptance. Queenie, the main character, is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London who is trying to figure out her place in the world.

Throughout the novel, Queenie faces a variety of challenges and crises, including a difficult break-up, a turbulent work environment, and disagreements with her family and friends. She also has issues with her mental health, as well as feelings of isolation and inadequacy.

Despite these obstacles, Queenie is a likable and relatable character who is determined to forge her own path and make sense of her perplexing world. She has a strong will, is self-sufficient, and is fiercely loyal to those she loves.

One of the most striking aspects of 'Queenie' is its depiction of race and identity. Carty-Williams does an excellent job of depicting Queenie's complex intersectionality as a black woman in a white-dominated society. She deftly examines themes such as racism, cultural assimilation, and the difficulties of juggling multiple identities.

Another notable aspect of the book is its portrayal of relationships. Queenie has a close group of friends who help her through life's ups and downs, and her relationships with her family members are complicated and nuanced. Carty-Williams does an excellent job of delving into the complexities of modern relationships, such as the difficulties of dating in the digital age and maintaining long-distance connections.

'Queenie' is a deeply moving and thought-provoking read that is sure to resonate with readers of all ages. It is a heartfelt and immensely satisfying exploration of identity, relationships, and self-acceptance that is both necessary and timely.

About The Author

Candice Carty-Williams was born in London to Jamaican parents and has written for various publications about her experiences as a black woman in the UK. She has also worked as a book editor and participated in a number of literary events and festivals.

In addition to 'Queenie', Carty-Williams has also written articles and essays on a variety of topics, including race, feminism, and mental health. She has received several awards and accolades for her writing, including the 2018 Curtis Brown Prize for Fiction.

Carty-Williams is known for her straightforward and honest writing style, as well as her ability to connect with readers through relatable and authentic storytelling. Her work has received widespread acclaim for its insight and honesty, and she is regarded as an important voice in contemporary literature.

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