BLT: Books & Lunch on Tuesdays

MEETING ONLINE NOW! BLT meets on the second Tuesday of each month at noon. Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for good discussion.

Tuesday, February 9th
Queenie
by Candice Carty-Williams


This month's discussion will be held online. Please contact mike.morris@thehowe.org if you would like to participate.

Asked by her boyfriend, Tom, to move out, estranged from her mother, and beyond bored at work, Jamaican British Queenie is having a rough go. Add to that the miscarriage she just went through, thoroughly alone, and it’s no wonder she needs her best friends to hold her up right now, in the form of an active group text. When Tom continues to ignore her and she attempts to mute her sorrows with the attention of altogether disappointing men, Queenie soon finds herself suffering panic attacks and forced to move in with her strict grandparents. London-based publishing executive Carty-Williams creates an utterly knowable character in Queenie, who’s as dimensional and relatable as they come as she tries to balance her own desires with what everyone else seems to want for her. Flashbacks show the dissolution of her and Tom’s love—and why it’s so hard for her to accept—and reveal the reasons for her distance from her mother. Fast moving and with a strong sense of Queenie’s London, this entertains while tackling topics like mental health and stigma, racism and tokenism, gentrification, and the isolation of social-media and dating-app culture. This smart, funny, and tender debut embraces a modern woman’s messiness.  -Booklist starred review


 

 


Where: Howe Library
Room: Currently meeting online.
Time: 12:00 - 1:00