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The Other Black Girl: A Novel (udgave 2021)

af Zakiya Dalila Harris (Forfatter)

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Titel:The Other Black Girl: A Novel
Forfattere:Zakiya Dalila Harris (Forfatter)
Info:Atria Books (2021), 368 pages
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This was breathlessly hyped by many as the book of the summer, if not the year. For me, it didn't quite live up to that. But in fairness, what does/would?

This is a book where you think you've got a bearing on where it's going only to find yourself on a headed in another direction entirely. In that way, it sort of reminds me of Behind Her Eyes and the influence of Jordan Peele is clearest. In spite of seeing those influences in her work, this is anything but derivative.

I was unimpressed by Nella which is unfortunate as she's the main character. (I did like her best friend, Malaika, who I felt gave more than she got in return and was far more interesting a character/genuine a person, but maybe I just needed a character to invest in.)

On a positive note--so many books seem cookie cutter and designed for bland, mainstream tastes. This one, although imperfect, offered something unique non-formulaic, and less...safe or predictable than so much of what seems to get published. This one wasn't my personal favorite, but I'm glad it had a breakout moment and that I read it for myself. I'll be interested to follow what Zakiya Dalila Harris does next. If you're drawn to it, ignore the reviews, take a chance on it, and decide for yourself. ( )
  angiestahl | Sep 27, 2021 |
Wow! This was a very gripping story about black professional women in the world of book publishing. It did take me a long time to get over my initial confusion of who the characters were and why the time setting kept on changing. Once I finally began to see how the plot was developing with the “good guys” versus the “bad guys”, I found this book unputdownable.

This story really does a psychological trip on its reader. I kept feeling more and more uncomfortable being drawn into what it feels like to be a black woman in a mostly white professional world.

In this age of focusing on diversity, I loved the opportunity of reading a new novel by a Black writer about the “black experience” and liked that the writer shared what probably were real-life personal thoughts.

I had the Barnes and Noble edition of this book which had “Additional Content” at the end—an additional chapter about Diana and Kenny which, to me, was unnecessary and tiring after having read the conclusion and climax of the book. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Sep 8, 2021 |
Not impressed. So little happens for so long. The tone keeps shifting and the narrative contains a lot of little inconsistencies. I guessed the big reveal pretty early and the ending evoked no emotion at all. Not sure what point the author was trying to make. ( )
1 stem bookappeal | Sep 6, 2021 |
I am glad that I read that The Other Black Girl is Black Social Satire because that gave me a lens through which to interpret this book. It was also helpful to have seen Jordan Peele’s Get Out before reading. The story starts out seeming like realistic fiction when we meet the protagonist, Nella Rogers, the only black girl working for a major New York publisher named Wagner. However, when Richard Wagner, chief editor, hires another black girl, Hazel, the story becomes more of a horror tale of how office dynamics shift when there is more than one black woman on staff. The OBG (other black girl) becomes a fast friend to Nella, and then strange things begin happening, and Nella begins to feel unwelcome and threatened in a career position that has been challenging yet comfortable for her. When Nella speaks her mind about how she views a black character in a new novel written by one of Wagner’s best-selling authors, one must wonder whether Nella should fear for her life.

Without revealing all of the plot elements, it is safe to say that this novel is about black culture and code-switching. Black hair, including characteristics, styles, and products, plays an important role. It is a cautionary tale about white power structures, stereotypes, and microaggressions. The author also has much to say about tokenism, diversity training, and overt and subtle racism.

Of course, in addition to being black, Nella is a woman. The office dynamics of many women working in an office headed by a male are also explored in Harris’s story. Workplace bullying, intimidation, and angst are prominent themes. Through Nella’s friend Malaika, there is an interesting depiction of female friendships. Nella has a white boyfriend, Owen, and that gives the reader a window into interracial relationships. It was amazing that she was able to cover so much in one novel. Please read it with an open mind, and it is thoroughly thought-provoking.

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  LindaLoretz | Sep 3, 2021 |
I requested this from the library after reading a review in the LA Times. The queue was long!

I was all in for the first half of the book. It was good--the frustrations of being an assistant, the microaggressions, the annoying coffee maker, the new girl (the other black girl) coming in and seeming to step in front of an established assistant. Everything. And then it went off the rails with a big dose of magical realism and lost me. It went from being real and interesting to fantasy and meh.

I am sure the magical realism crowd will love this. I am not part of that crowd. I love it when it is done well, but this did not work for me at all. ( )
  Dreesie | Aug 30, 2021 |
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You don’t have to whisper the word “Black”...Last time I checked, that was a socially acceptable word to use. I even use it sometimes.
With heightened awareness of cultural sensitivity comes great responsibility. If we’re not careful “diversity” might become an item people start checking off a list and nothing more—a shallow, shadowy thing with but one dimension.
She couldn’t remember who’d said it to her first, or if it had ever been directly said to her at all, but that didn't stop her from telling herself over and over again that her brown skin meant that she needed to be twice as good as the girl with the white skin...
Her colleagues, strangely, had made it clear very early on that they didn’t really see her as a young Black woman, but as a young woman who just happened to be Black—as though her college degree had washed all of the melanin away. In their eyes, she was the exception. She was “qualified”. An Obama of publishing, so to speak.
The fact that you’re Black colors every single thing anyone ever says to you—pun intended...
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