BY CANDICE CARTYWILLIAMS (SIMON & SCHUSTER) R389*
Hilarious, mildly erotic and fiercely feminist – Queenie is just the book for all the black women out there trying to navigate their way through a world that, in most cases, wasn’t designed for them and rarely truly celebrates them.
Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican-British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and feeling like she doesn’t truly belong to either. 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 and through flashbacks we get to see how truly messed up her relationship was. It examines interracial dating and the complications that arise. South Africans will find it all completely relatable. It tackles issues such as mental health, relationships, equality in the workplace, belonging, friendship and awkward sex – lots of it.
It won’t necessarily make it onto your list of greatest reads of all time, but it’s a feel-good read that will make you laugh, cry and look inward.