Monday, June 21, 2021

The Other Black Girl

Author: Zakiya Dalila Harris

Narrator: Aja Naomi King

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Year: 2021

Happy Monday!

Thank you Simon & Schuster Audio for gifting me the audiobook The Other Black Girl. The novel, by Zakiya Dalilia Harris, is one of the most anticipated books of this summer and is already on numerous best books of the year lists. Deservedly so! 

Nella is the only Black person working at Wagner, a prestigious publishing house. She’s tired of the isolation and the everyday micro aggressions. She’s thrilled when Hazel, a young Black woman, is hired as another editorial assistant. Hazel is effortlessly stylish and cool and she quickly leapfrogs Nella in the office hierarchy. When Nella starts to get vaguely threatening anonymous notes, she begins to wonder if Hazel is behind them. As Hazel’s star quickly rises, Nella pieces together a nefarious plot and is given a choice. Is Nella willing to give up a part of herself for easy success? 

This is an intense and thought provoking workplace suspense story. The book is advertised as a cross between The Devil Wears Prada and Get Out. The terror here is subtle, but no less horrific when it’s finally revealed. 

The audio narration, lead by Aja Naomi King, is riveting and kept me listening. This is an impressive debut novel and I’m looking forward to see what Harris does next. 

Hope y’all had a great weekend and are refreshed and recharged. 

What’s been your favorite debut read so far this year? 

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