The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
"Now, Nella was no fool. She understood that characters of color were en vogue, as was maintaining vigilance when it came to calling out anything that lacked proper representation."
THE OTHER BLACK GIRL
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.
|Aja Naomi King narrates the voice of Nella|
courtesy of her Instagram
Nella decides to put the promotion issue to rest for now, and focus on something else that’s consuming her senses: the scent of cacao butter in the air. She could tell, there was another Black girl on her floor. And this girl, was here for an interview.
|by Nicole Mondestin|
Zakiya Dalila Harris received an MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her work has appeared in Guernica and The Rumpus. The Other Black Girl, from Atria Books, is her debut novel. She lives in Brooklyn.