Queenie

Narrated by:
Shvorne Marks

Unabridged Audiobook

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Book
83
Narrator
23
Release Date
March 2019
Duration
9 hours 46 minutes
Summary
*NOW A HULU ORIGINAL SERIES*

*ONE of NPR’s and TIME’s BEST BOOKS of the YEAR * NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK of the YEAR by WOMAN’S DAY, NEWSDAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, BUSTLE, and BOOK RIOT!*

“A book that sneaks up on you...I am hooked.” —Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author

This acclaimed and “welcome debut from a seriously talented author” (New York Post) is a disarmingly honest, unapologetically black, and undeniably witty novel that will speak to those who have gone looking for love and found something very different in its place.

Queenie Jenkins is a twenty-five-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 break up 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.

“A must-read novel about sex, selfhood, and the best friendships that get us through it all” (Candace Bushnell, New York Times bestselling author), Queenie is a remarkably relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today’s world.
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Latoya L.

The black womans burden. Whew Chile......this book was a breath of fresh air. As though being black wasn't enough but being a black jamaican coconut (black shell but white inside) living in London was the topping on the cake. Talking about the taboo of therapy in the black community and how being strong is holding in feelings and keep going. Queenie's life echoes so many black women. Her trauma growing up, her relationship with her mother and grandparents was spot on. Her support system, friends, and coworkers. Her not knowing her worth or not seeing her beauty and settling for ain't shit men, white men because she didn't think she was beautiful enough for a brother to love her. Queenie slept with different men after a miscarriage and a breakup with her boyfriend if 3 years. Racism was visited along with sexual harassment, and sexism.Through therapy she was able to free herself from generational black women issues. Chessca, Darcy, and Cassandra were her real friends, I love their love for her. Friends holding one another accountable and having each other's back. This book is highly recommended for all women of color. #mentalhealthawareness #book24of2019 #bookworm #whatsnext

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Coshena P.

I loved this book!

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Latavia T.

I love the narrator. One of the best I’ve heard

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Lizzie S.

Blown away! Soooo good!

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Rebecca M.

I really enjoyed the narration and the story is an eye opener for sure.

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Anonymous

Such a relatable read! Loved it

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Stefanie M.

Book about trauma and how it can affect you throughout life. Opinions of therapy within cultures.

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Roxie Y.

What a wonderful book! I’ve wondered how black people are treated in other parts of the world, and although this wasn’t an autobiography, I agree that art imitates life. Loved the complexities of the main character and differences in her friends. Loved her Jamaican grandparents and their input into the story. Looked for and am waiting for other books from this author!

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Nadia R.

This is one of the best books I have read that speaks to the realities of black women. As a woman of Caribbean parentage this book mirrored a lot of the challenges families fact regarding mental health. Narrator was excellent!

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