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Queenie

ONE OF TIME’S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

Weight 0.700 kg
ISBN

978-1501196027

Year Published

2019

Format

Paperback

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Editorial Review

AG’s Book Adventures

#BookReview: Of Women and Frogs
#Author: Bisi Adjapon 🇬🇭🇳🇬
Type of work (Genre): Fiction
Number of pages: 416
Own or Borrowed: Own (kind courtesy of BookNook Book Store)
#ReadIt: at home

#OverallImpressions: I can’t rave enough about this book! It was a delightful read. All I know is, Bisi Adjapon needs to publish more books. I feel like this is a book I’ve been waiting for a Ghanaian woman to write for a long time. I absolutely loved how she took us on a journey of Ghanaian and a bit of Nigerian womanhood from infancy to adulthood and all its varying pitfalls and triumphs. This book is unashamedly feminist without even mentioning the word and I’m so here for it. It’s a must read! I thoroughly enjoyed Bisi’s candor in addressing Ghanaian and Nigerian women’s (she hails from both sides) sexuality and the way she tackles the issue of our agency and body autonomy. It was refreshing and invigorating to read and I love how it’s a rallying call to our society to shed off the hypocrisy when dealing with women’s issues and bring ourselves to a point when our women are fully liberated in every way.

#SomethingThatStoodOut: the candor. It was absolutely refreshing. Bisi isn’t shy at all to describe sexual intimacy in explicit details and is purposefully defiant of the often puritanical ways our society encourages women to navigate relationships (both casual and romantic). I also enjoyed and was enlightened by the bits of historical events woven into the story to help give better context of our evolution on women’s issues in Ghana in particular.

#OverallRating:🖋🖋🖋🖋.5 (out of 5 fountain pens).

Recommend or nah: I ABSOLUTELY recommend it. Just buy it and read for yourself and thank me later.

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