Queenie: A Novel by Candice Carty Williams
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.
Queenie’s Book Review
This book first grabbed my attention by the book cover. The book cover has my name on it and a silhouette of a black woman with box braids. That’s me but the woman in the story is not.
Queenie is a British/Japanese, and African American journalist who goes through a bad relationships, social injustices, family dysfunction, and lots of relations. This main characters and the other characters really get under my skin. Queenie has low esteem and didn’t value her gifts. This book took me on an emotional roller coaster – where at one moment I wanted to literary slap Queenie. I keep asking myself that is not normal, it just can’t be any women who is really like this character.
This book talked about mental health, abusive relationships, interracial dating, and injustices. I like how the author added text and emails to the dialogue making it more interesting. This was my first read from the author but definitely will not be my last read. I give this book 5 stars.