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Contemporary Fiction

Queenie

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

by Candice Carty-Williams

Quick take

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

Good to know

  • Romance

  • Feminist

  • Female Friendships

  • Buzzy

Jojo Moyes is the author of Still Me.

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...

Synopsis

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 go...

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March 2019 selections