If you are having difficulty navigating this website please contact us at member.services@bookofthemonth.com or 1-877-236-8540.

Get your first hardcover or audiobook for just $5.

Join now.
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Contemporary fiction



We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Candice Carty-Williams, on your first book!

by Candice Carty-Williams

Quick take

Good friends, bad breakups, and life as a Jamaican-British millennial.

Good to know

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Romance


  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Feminist


  • Illustrated icon, Icon_FemaleFriendship

    Female friendships

  • Illustrated icon, Icons_Buzzy



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 breakup 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.

Read less

Free sample

Get an early look from the first pages of Queenie.

Why I love it

I have to confess I have a prior interest in Queenie’s author, Candice Carty-Williams. A few years ago, I created a competition offering up my cottage to an aspiring writer in need of time and space to complete their project. Candice was the first winner, chosen from more than 600 applicants. She had never driven outside London before, and it took her six hours to make a two hour journey (the kind of thing that would happen to her character, Queenie!), but when she arrived she declined a cup of tea and went straight to work—she was that determined to make the most out of the opportunity.

Fast forward two and a half years; Queenie is one of the most anticipated books of the year. It grabbed me from the opening chapter because it did something that happens far too seldom—it took me into a world I didn’t know: that of a 25 year-old black woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. Queenie is fresh and flawed and she made me wince and made me laugh and made me think.

Candice is a unique writer. Even that 500-word contest entry told me there was something special about her. After re-reading the finished work I knew I had been right. I’m excited to see Queenie meet a wider audience, and to see Candice’s star really shine. We need more voices like hers.

Read less

Member ratings (6,719)

  • Whitney L.

    New York, NY

    It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book this un-put-downable. It’s only March, but I can already tell it’s going to be one of my top books of 2019. We are all Queenie, and I loved knowing her.

  • Erin H.

    Spartanburg, SC

    It’s been a while since I related to a protagonist with my whole heart. Queenie’s journey back into her best life is so inspiring because she makes it happen herself, with some help. Wonderful read.

  • Alison U.

    Quincy, MA

    A cross between Americanah and Bridget Jones’s Diary—at turns dark and funny. Queenie is such a wonderfully complicated, yet relatable character. Deals with themes of trauma, mental health and family.

  • Victoria T.

    New York, NY

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters and the way it’s presented made you feel like this could be happening in your own friend group. It was emotional at times, but I felt tied to Queenie always.

  • ashley s.

    Coconut Grove, FL

    Carty-Williams addressed mental health, trauma, dating as a millennial, family drama, and black lives matters flawlessly. Honest, raw, and relatable. In many ways, Queenie’s journey made me feel seen.