If you are looking for a light read, this is not the book for you. But, if what want is a book where race, culture, feminism, friendship, and mental health all intersect with a touch of humor, you need Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. Personally, I found that the publisher’s description does not do justice to the multilayered and moving narrative, nor does it adequately portray the significant mental health decline that Queenie endures.
Queenie is a twenty-five-year-old Jamaican-British woman straddling two cultures. The novel begins with the breakdown of her relationship with her white boyfriend. This sends Queenie on a downward trajectory, part of which includes frequent engagement in potentially harmful sexual encounters. She has the insight to know what she’s doing is dangerous – she just can’t stop herself. Through interactions with her friends (The Corgis), family, and therapist, Queenie slowly reveals the root cause of her low self-worth and begins to make changes in her life. Queenie’s self-destruction is frustrating to witness but you can’t help but root for her!
If you can get the audiobook, do it!
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published March 19th 2019
Topics for Discussion
- mental health
- cultural differences regarding mental health
- positive male characters – were there any?
- mother / daughter relationships
- effects of abuse
- first generation of kids bon to immigrant families – straddling cultures