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Queenie por Candice Carty-Williams
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Queenie (original 2019; edição 2019)

por Candice Carty-Williams

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"'[B]rilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking.'--Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You; Bridget Jones's Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place. 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 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. With 'fresh and honest' (Jojo Moyes) prose, Queenie is a remarkably relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today's world." --… (mais)
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Título:Queenie
Autores:Candice Carty-Williams
Informação:New York : Gallery/Scout Press, 2019.
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Etiquetas:currently-reading, audio, contemporary-fiction

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Queenie por Candice Carty-Williams (2019)

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Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams is the story of Queenie Jenkins, a young, Black South Londoner, who after her breakup with her long-term boyfriend, turns to sleeping her way through Brixton to fill the void in her life.

It's incredible how similar our stories are. I've been lonely and depressed and trapped by Covid and mental illness, so I opened an account on Adult Friend Finder and have been sleeping my way through Southern Ontario. Today I got a real shock from a man I met; he told me that "I was as skilled as a hooker, but he didn't have to pay me". I left his hotel room questioning my own life. Like Queenie, I'm using sex to fill a hole paved with loneliness and family estrangement and lockdown, and although it satisfies me physically, I feel worse emotionally. And again, like Queenie, I look for sex because I don't think I deserve love. Yes, I'm oversharing.

This book was a mirror image of me, and hit me hard, but it also gave me hope. The book is beautifully characterized, with three dimensional characters and a sense of humour, and the pain and happiness that pass through everyone's life. Although it feels like the book was written to help me, I think that anyone lost at all for any reason could find solace and complicity in this book. And for people who are happy in their lives, this book can show them how far they've come.

The book isn't a masterwork, but it's very good. It was a little too soap opera-ish for my taste, and I didn't like the way that men were portrayed in it. Even in my current state of not liking men much, I didn't like the easy stereotypes that men were slotted into by the author. Still, it's the first book I've been able to sit down with and concentrate on in a couple of weeks, and I'm grateful for it for plunging me into someone else's problems and allowing me to ignore my own for a while. (less) ( )
1 vote ahef1963 | Jun 4, 2021 |
2.5 stars

I just don't know about this one. I've never before felt so much anxiety and secondhand embarrassment while reading. Queenie is beyond reckless and it doesn't make any sense. Of course, it can be difficult to make sense of someone's behavior if they have a history of trauma and abandonment, but she was written this way and it was just too much. So much unprotected sex with strangers and no respect or regard for herself or her body; that was painful to witness.

What also troubles me is that Queenie is from a Jamaican family and there is a tremendous amount of pressure in our culture regarding your behavior and how it reflects back on your family. There's so much pressure that she doubts her decision to go to therapy because it will make her look weak, but then she's also putting herself in harm's way, neglecting her work and causing scandal everywhere? No, I am sorry, that's just not believable.

I felt relief when it ended, not because of where we left off with Queenie in the story, but because it was finally over and I (hopefully) won't have to think about her anymore. I don't see how she is compared to Bridget Jones... ( )
  DanaManiac | Apr 5, 2021 |
Didn't do it for me, I'm afraid, couldn't finish it. It may be an age thing but I found the details of Queenie's sexual encounters a little too explicit for my taste.
  MikeFARoberts | Apr 2, 2021 |
Content Note: abuse, sexualized violence, self-harm, mental illness, (critical treatment of) racism and misogynoir

Plot:
Queenie works as a journalist and lives with her boyfriend Tom. Or rather, she lived with Tom – until Tom decided to stay with his parents for a while. When Tom finally asks Queenie to move out of their apartment while they are on a break, Queenie starts to unravel completely. She feels out of place at work and with her family, and generally feels out of sorts. While her friends try to support her, it is unclear whether Queenie can support herself.

Queenie is an unusual book in that it both handles really tough topics and has the tone of a RomCom most of the time. You have to brace yourself for many parts of the novel, and then you find yourself laughing again. It is a mix that is both uncomfortable and works extremely well. I was very impressed by it, especially considering that it’s a debut novel.

Read more on my blog: https://kalafudra.com/2021/03/22/queenie-candice-carty-williams/ ( )
  kalafudra | Mar 22, 2021 |
Queenie. Door Candice Carty-Williams.

Queenie (25 jaar, Jamaicaans-Brits, woont in Londen) verliest in één keer haar vriend, haar huis (dat ze met hem deelt) en de baby in haar buik (die er ondanks haar spiraaltje toch kwam). Op haar werk zit het ondertussen ook niet mee. Ze verliest zichzelf in uitgaan, drinken en seks hebben met foute mannen.

Klinkt allemaal heel triest en deprimerend en dat is het ook. Maar door Candice haar sprankelende schrijfstijl voelt het niet zo. Queenie lezen is een beetje als kijken naar een mengeling van Bridget Jones en I may destroy you. Het boek is hedendaags, eerlijk, pijnlijk, soms grappig, pittig én hoopvol.

Als witte vrouw van 41, gelukkig getrouwd en wonend in België sta ik mijlenver af van Queenie. Dat maakt het extra boeiend om een inkijkje te krijgen in haar leven. En hoe verder ik in het boek kwam hoe meer ik ontdekte dat we ook best wat overeenkomsten hebben.

Jojo Moyes is fan, het boek kreeg al verschillende prijzen (waaronder Boek van het jaar van de British Book Awards), een aanrader dus! ( )
  Els04 | Jan 29, 2021 |
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"'[B]rilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking.'--Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You; Bridget Jones's Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place. 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 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. With 'fresh and honest' (Jojo Moyes) prose, 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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