Queenie

Version: Unabridged
Author: Candice Carty-Williams
Narrator: Shvorne Marks
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: March 2019
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 46 minutes
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Overview

ONE OF TIME’S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019

NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019 BY WOMAN’S DAY, NEWSDAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, BUSTLE, AND BOOK RIOT!

“[B]rilliant, 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 twenty-five-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.

Reviews (6)

Written by Anonymous on November 3rd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Such a relatable read! Loved it

Written by Stefanie M. on August 9th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Book about trauma and how it can affect you throughout life. Opinions of therapy within cultures.

Written by Coshena P. on February 17th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book!

Written by Roxie Y. on July 16th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

What a wonderful book! I’ve wondered how black people are treated in other parts of the world, and although this wasn’t an autobiography, I agree that art imitates life. Loved the complexities of the main character and differences in her friends. Loved her Jamaican grandparents and their input into the story. Looked for and am waiting for other books from this author!

Written by Latoya L. on May 20th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The black womans burden. Whew Chile......this book was a breath of fresh air. As though being black wasn't enough but being a black jamaican coconut (black shell but white inside) living in London was the topping on the cake. Talking about the taboo of therapy in the black community and how being strong is holding in feelings and keep going. Queenie's life echoes so many black women. Her trauma growing up, her relationship with her mother and grandparents was spot on. Her support system, friends, and coworkers. Her not knowing her worth or not seeing her beauty and settling for ain't shit men, white men because she didn't think she was beautiful enough for a brother to love her. Queenie slept with different men after a miscarriage and a breakup with her boyfriend if 3 years. Racism was visited along with sexual harassment, and sexism.Through therapy she was able to free herself from generational black women issues. Chessca, Darcy, and Cassandra were her real friends, I love their love for her. Friends holding one another accountable and having each other's back. This book is highly recommended for all women of color. #mentalhealthawareness #book24of2019 #bookworm #whatsnext

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Written by Nadia R. on May 10th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is one of the best books I have read that speaks to the realities of black women. As a woman of Caribbean parentage this book mirrored a lot of the challenges families fact regarding mental health. Narrator was excellent!

Author Details

Author Details

Carty-Williams, Candice

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.