Shortlisted for the Costa Book Award for Best First Novel
Shortlisted for the Foyles Book of the Year in Fiction
Finalist for Blackwell's Book of the Year for Debut Work
Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize
Longlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Prize
A Bustle Pick of Upcoming Books
A March 2019 LibraryReads Pick
A Publishers Weekly Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019
A BookRiot Pick
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.
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