Join the Virtual Book Club on Thursday, May 19th, 2022 at 5:30 pm to discuss The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris. Published in 2021, this novel is about Nella Rogers, an editorial assistant at a large publishing house—and the only Black employee, which makes her feel like an outsider. When a new Black woman joins the company, Nella is optimistic, but soon the whole balance of her working life is upset and the workplace starts to feel dangerous.
About the Author
Zakiya Dalila Harris worked as an editor at Knopf/Doubleday before leaving to write her bestselling debut The Other Black Girl. She holds an MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from The New School. Her essays and book reviews have been published in Guernica and The Rumpus. She lives in Brooklyn and has a passion for “writing (and talking) about Blackness, books, and oldies music”.
Notable Book Reviews
Bethanne Patrick’s NPR review of The Other Black Girl proclaims “… occasional chapters seem to rise out of nowhere, but they are actual plot thickeners, devices that will ultimately take The Other Black Girl out of the realm of “office novel” and into another genre entirely…”. That sentiment is echoed by Oyinkan Braithwaite in the New York Times Book Review: “Race politics is at the very heart of this novel. The book explores how the dynamics between Black and white people potentially distort the Black relationship… But whatever you think is happening in this novel, you are only half-right. Two-thirds of the way in, “The Other Black Girl” takes on traits of the horror genre with a dash of magical realism. There is certainly something very Jordan Peele-esque about the plot.”
For the author’s own perspective, read this interview for The Chicago Review of Books, where Harris talks about her reasons for setting the book in the publishing world specifically: “Solidarity and Jealousy in ‘The Other Black Girl’”.
Did You Know?
The Other Black Girl is currently in development to be a Hulu TV series, with author Harris serving as co-writer and executive producer of the show.
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