Many Voices, Many Stories: Spotlight on ‘Queenie’

Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens, Many Voices, Many Stories, features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration. This week we’re exploring the title Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams.

“I think if you’re a Black woman, I want you to learn that you’re less lonely. And if you’re not, I want you to understand more about our culture and realize that Black women contain multitudes, and we can be shy and funny and goofy and silly. And we don’t have to be strong all the time, because that’s not us.”

⁠—Candice Carty-Williams on what she wants readers to take away from Queenie
Kathy with Queenie on tablet

About Queenie

Just announced: Queenie is this year’s winner of the The British Book Awards’ Overall Book of the Year and Début Book of the Year!

Here’s why Collection Management Librarian Kathy (pictured right) recommends it: “Oh Queenie! So human, so troubled, so relatable. After Jamaican-British Queenie is asked to move out by her white boyfriend Tom, she suffers at the hands of her very poor decision making especially when it comes to men and sex. Her traditional family doesn’t help nor does her job, neither of which take her seriously. Even worse, she finds herself on the receiving end of endless microaggressions, outright racism, and tokenism. While many reviews have compared this to Bridget Jones’s Diary, and it is surprisingly funny, there is so much more to this story. I highly recommend the audiobook version that is expertly narrated by Shvorne Marks.”

Stream & download with: Media on Demand & Libby (ebook and digital audiobook)

Formats available for contact-free holds pickup: book

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About the author

Candice Carty-Williams is a writer and author of the Sunday Times bestselling QueenieQueenie has been described as “vital,” “disarmingly honest,” and “boldly political,” and has been shortlisted for the Waterstones, Foyles and Goodreads Book of 2019, as well as selected as the Blackwell’s Debut of the Year. In 2016, Candice created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, the first inclusive initiative of its kind in book publishing. Candice has written for Guardian, i-D, Vogue International, every iteration of the Sunday Times, BEAT Magazine, Black Ballad, and more. She will probably always live in South London. More about the author »

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About Many Voices, Many Stories

Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration.

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