Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams

This is another astonishing debut, available at your local bookseller for preorder now or on Tuesday.

 

Queenie is having a rough time. Her longtime boyfriend has suggested they go on a 'break' and wants her to move out and find a new place to live, in London, with no notice. She's tired of being ignored at work, and the thousands of microagressions she experiences every day because she's a woman, she's black, and she's vulnerable.

 

This novel is also funny, Queenie draws support from her friends and family while they frustrate her. Carty-Williams expertly balances Queenie's sharp humor and observations on life and her trials and tribulations in going out, hooking up, with the distinctly uncomfortable reality of what many of her dates actually are. Queenie's memories of her relationship with her boyfriend and her experiences growing up undercut the humor without taking the air out of the novel, and the reader slowly begins to see truths along with Queenie.

 

This is entertainment that smashes expectations of sexuality, gender, and race. For Queenie a miscarriage is the beginning of a long and painful journey out from under the bell jar, but she inspires with her grit and humor. "Queenie" is all the more remarkable because of its rich supporting characters. Seldom have I read anything so tremendously funny, and so moving.