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Title: Queenie
Authors: Carty-Williams, Candice
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 387
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: If one's name determines one's destiny then Queenie Jenkins should be strong and brave, but that couldn't be further from the truth. As a young well-educated woman of colour in London, she should be living the dream, but the vicissitudes of 21st century living, especially the racism she encounters on a daily basis, are dragging her down.

Poignant, honest, and ultimately uplifting, this is a thoughtful story of an irrepressible character finding her way up from rock bottom and claiming her place in the world.


Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Queenie's promiscuous lifestyle when she runs out of control could upset some. However, Queenie's life is handled beautifully in this book."

"Funny, moving and uplifting."

"Queenie is a lovable girl and the reader really feels her pain."

"All the characters are delightful evening the nasty ones - eventually."

"There are many kinds of 'love' in this story!"

"The use of humour alongside some very deep themes is very clever."

"The story is written in a way that moves along quickly so the book is hard to put down." "At times I was just annoyed with Queenie rather than feeling empathy for her." "Some of the sexual descriptions are violent and graphic so this could offend some." "Young women face new challenges as well as the old ones. This is a very real portrait of the issues involved. A great conversation starter."

"I nearly gave up at chapter 3 but a friend told me to keep reading. I eventually found that the story really is good and it would have been my loss had I stopped."

Categories: Fiction, Community, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, England, 2022 Titles - Coming Soon

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By: MOTUE 004 2021-01-20 11:24:51
3.5 
Interesting read. Some felt it was trying too hard to be shocking. Somewhat disturbing, but led to good discussions.

 
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