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The Other Black Girl

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

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.

Dark, funny and furiously entertaining, The Other Black Girl will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last twist.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Zakiya
Dalila Harris

Zakiya Dalila Harris spent nearly three years in the editorial department of Knopf Doubleday, starting the manuscript for The Other Black Girl at her desk. Prior to working in publishing, Harris received her MFA in creative writing from the New School. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Guernica and the Rumpus.  The Other Black Girl is her debut novel.

Zakiya Dalila Harris spent nearly three years in the editorial department of Knopf Doubleday, starting the manuscript for The Other Black Girl at her desk. Prior to working in publishing, Harris received her MFA in creative writing from the New School. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Guernica and the Rumpus.  The Other Black Girl is her debut novel.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Truly a book for our times exposing the microaggressions and bias that occur in mundane, everyday occurrences that take place in the world of publishing. This crosses over multiple genres and keep readers spellbound with every turn of the page. The women at the heart of the story are women everywhere, both visible an invisible at the same time. Ferguson Library, United States

Wicked satire, an insider’s view of the publishing industry and casual workplace racism combine to make for a twisty and thought-provoking comedy of manners. Multnomah County Library, United States

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
01/06/2021
Country
United States
Original Language
English
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing

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