Black Women Connect Book Club of Toronto Selected the delicious debut novel by Candice Carty-Williams as our 2020 February Book of the Month. According to the Guardian:
It would make sense to describe Queenie, the debut novel by Candice Carty-Williams, as an important political tome of black womanhood and black British life, a rare perspective from the margins. It is both those things, but primarily it is a highly entertaining, often very moving story about one young woman’s life as affected – in fact, almost destroyed – by her love life, with the politics of blackness permeating the pages. It is rare. It’s still so rare that even its most simple, nondescript moments are something to celebrate. Queenie, for example, taking off her coat and putting it through the strap of her rucksack in a London street while flat-hunting. Her Jamaican grandmother calling: “I’m putting the hot water on. Come down for your porridge and wait for it to warm.” How often do we get to read of black people in novels making porridge for each other and negotiating their rucksack straps? It’s a thing of joy to witness the everyday within a familiar yet still relatively hidden context, particularly when that context has often been shackled to hefty racial themes, its mundane humanity hardly given space to breathe.
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