The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris – Book Review

Nella is the only Black assistant at Wagner Books – in fact, she’s the only Black employee. The Hazel comes, and Nella begins to doubt herself, to doubt her own place in this world, her judgement… she doesn’t know what’s going on.

I don’t want to write more because this book goes in directions I didn’t expect. I guess it’s a thriller, but it’s not just a thriller. It’s a book filled with possible conspiracy and confusion, making a comment on race in corporate culture in contemporary times. I think some aspects of it missed the mark with me because I’m don’t live in America and don’t work in the corporate world. I wanted more, particularly in the last third of the book. I mean that in two ways; firstly, I was really enjoying it and would have enjoyed more of this world. Secondly, I’m left a little confused about quite what was going on. Like, I pretty much get it, but if I had to explain it to someone, I think I’d fall short. Having said that, I would definitely recommend it as a good read, and I love the writing style of Harris. This was her debut, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. In her acknowledgements at the end, Harris mentions that it is being developed for film/TV. I look forward to this too.

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