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Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Woman's Day, Newsday, Publishers Weekly, Bustle, and Book Riot!


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Chosen as the first-ever Kelly's Pick on Bookish!

“Brilliant, 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 25-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.

Estimated Ship Date for Winners: February 19, 2019

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Candice Carty-Williams

Candice Carty-Williams is a Senior Marketing Executive at Vintage. In 2016, she created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, which aims to find, champion, and celebrate Black, Asian, and minority ethnic writers. She contributes regularly to Refinery29 and i-D, and her pieces have been shared globally, especially those about blackness and sexuality. Queenie is her first novel.

Book Details

Publisher Gallery Books
Genre General Fiction
Publication Date Mar 19 2019
ISBN 9781501196010


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Sep 12 2020 – 12:05 PM

Loved this book!

This was a terrific book! It has been compared to Bridget Jones' Diary, but I think that...

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Apr 08 2020 – 02:49 PM


I read this one via audiobook, and loved it so much that I went out to my local bookstore and...

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Jun 24 2020 – 02:43 PM

Honest voice

“If the thinking is that someone should be killed for doing something wrong, that thinking is...

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