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Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris, read by Aja Naomi King, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Bahni Turpin and Heather Alicia Sims. 

A highlight for 2021 from: Guardian, Time, Independent, Evening Standard, BBC, Stylist, Irish Times, i, Harper's Bazaar, Washington Post, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly and The Sun

Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and the micro-aggressions, she’s thrilled when Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events cause Nella to become Public Enemy Number One and Hazel, the Office Darling. 

Then the notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk: Leave Wagner. Now.

It’s hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages. But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realises that there is a lot more at stake than her career. 

A whip-smart and dynamic thriller and sly social commentary, The Other Black Girl will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last twist.

©2021 Zakiya Dalila Harris (P)2021 Simon & Schuster

Critic reviews

"A bitingly satirical novel about race and the workplace." (Independent)

"Zakiya Dalila Harris is set to be one of 2021's biggest breakout names. Buckle up for a highly entertaining ride that will make some waves this summer." (Stylist)

"Packed full of shrewd observations on power struggles and strength, this is unputdownable." (Cosmopolitan UK)

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Great novel, Inconsistencies with the voice over.

I haven't finished it yet but really struggling with the voiceover artists. The prologue was great, the voices after sound strange... Slightly monotone.... I may buy the book instead. A great story though. If you can get past the voices, it has the potential to be gripping.

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gripping

A great story - extremely well narrated. Was hooked from start to finish and left me with lots to think about.

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Stunning debut

Definitely a novel best read or listened to cold without too much prior knowledge as it slowly unfolds its plot. The narrators did well in bringing the characters to life.



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Black Horror - so well done!

Black horror at it's best is when it is about our existence within white supremacy. What a brilliantly told and frightening story about the existence of Black women in the system. And how we are coopted to keep the wheels turning. So well done. Loved it.

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Pure Excellence!!!!

Absolutely loved it. slow burn at the start but once it got going it was amazing. such an original story line!

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So Disappointing

I can't believe the hype over this book which is why I listened to it. It is awful - the storyline is ridiculous and it culminates in the a farcical way. Don't bother buying the book.

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Fabulous

A definite must read. A fantastic take on work style bullying, race discrimination and relationships with women.

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Great set up, dribbly ending…

No doubt about it, Harris is a good writer and I can’t wait to read her next book. But all the promise of the first half goes out of the window in the second half. The office politics, racial commentary & biting satire gives way to a bad 90s thriller plot twist.

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Very slow moving and quite boring

I tried many times to get into this book but found it too slow and really quite boring. I did not enjoy the narration at all, finding the voices dull, similar and monotonous. Abandoned after many attempts

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enjoyed the twist

story took me one way, then pivoted and sent me elsewhere. narrations were great as were the flashback sequences. i really enjoyed it, can't say too much else I'll give it away. listened to it mostly whilst jogging and even had to stop running and pay full attention.

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  • 02-06-21

Not for me

Awful book. Deceptive blurb. Wouldn’t have picked it up if the blurb had been honest about the fantasy aspect of this book. Hated the surprise.