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The Other Black Girl: A Novel

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Heather Alicia Simms, Bahni Turpin, Aja Naomi King, Joniece Abbott-Pratt

13 Hours 33 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

June 2021

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A Good Morning America, Esquire, and Read with Marie Claire Book Club Pick and a People Best Book of Summer

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Time, The Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, Entertainment Weekly, Marie Claire, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Parade, Goodreads, Fortune, and BBC

​​Urgent, propulsive, and sharp as a knife, The Other Black Girl is an electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing.

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 microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred 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 elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust.

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 realizes that there’s a lot more at stake than just her career.

A whip-smart and dynamic thriller and sly social commentary that is perfect for anyone who has ever felt manipulated, threatened, or overlooked in the workplace, The Other Black Girl will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last twist.

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  • Anonymous

    The narrator was very slow and hard to follow. Some parts were easy to understand and others seemed to drag on. I struggled to follow at times. Some what disappointed.

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  • Pamela H.

    The theme was a relevant one but the development of the story seemed convoluted at times. I have never read a book where the protagonist was so bewildered and lack luster that the antagonist seemed more likable. The narration was the worst I’ve heard. The cadence, tone and inflection and accent of the characters were all on the same level which made it difficult to identify who was speaking. Lastly the mystery in the storyline was anticlimactic .

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  • Anonymous

    A truly great read that builds to an unexpected crescendo. Insightful, suspenseful

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