Brown Girls

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What to expect

A fiercely poetic coming-of-age novel following a group of young women of colour in Queens, New York

Brown Girls flows like a late night FM-radio dedication to the crew, the block, and the mission. This book’s a gift’ Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout

‘An ode to girlhood’ Raven Leilani, author of Luster

If you really want to know, we are the colour of 7-Eleven root beer. Colour of the charcoal pencil our sisters use to rim their eyes. Colour of peanut butter.

Brown Girls dives deep into the lives of a group of young women of colour growing up in Queens, New York. Here, streets echo with many languages, subways rumble above dollar stores and the briny scent of the ocean wafts in from Rockaway Beach. Here, girls like Nadira, Gabby, Naz, Trish, Angelique, and many others, struggle to reconcile their immigrant backgrounds with the American culture they come of age in. Here, they become friends for life. Or so they vow.

In this bold debut told in a uniquely lyrical voice, Daphne Palasi Andreades paints a stunning collective portrait of the journey from girlhood to adulthood, set against a backdrop of race, class, and marginalisation in America today. Brown Girls is an unforgettable love letter to women of colour everywhere from a daring new writer.

Joyous, bittersweet, haunting, hilarious and so very real’ Nikesh Shukla, author of Brown Baby

A masterful triumph by a brilliant new author with an original voice’ Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the Sun

Brown Girls is a song–of celebration, of mourning, of rage, of fierce living’ Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Starling Days

An exhilarating novel’ Megha Majumdar, author of A Burning

Critics Review

  • ‘Told in a lyrical, urgent voice, it is a fierce examination of race, class and marginalisation in America today’ i-News

    ‘Transporting and energising … it’s not to be missed’ Stylist

    Brown Girls … [is] a gift – a smooth subway seat on a crowded Queens local bound to everywhere … This one’s a ride – watch the open doors’ Paul Beatty, Man Booker prize-winning author of The Sellout

    ‘An acute study of those tender moments of becoming. An ode to girlhood, inheritance, and the good trouble the body yields’ Raven Leilani, author of Luster

    Brown Girls is filled with an unforgettable cast of characters …Precise and powerful, this is a coming-of-age story for us all’ Nikesh Shukla, author of Brown Baby

    ‘A heady, poetic exploration of growing up, Brown Girls fizzes with life. It left me speechless.’ Huma Qureshi, author of Things We Do Not Tell the People We Love

    ‘A beautiful story of sisterhood… Daphne is a masterful storyteller and this is an absolutely breathtaking debut’ Sara Jafari, author of The Mismatch

    Brown Girls is a song—of celebration, of mourning, of rage, of fierce living. Palasi does for the present what Yoko Ogawa does for history’ Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Starling Days

    I swallowed this book and was swallowed by it in return. … It is an irresistible chorus of remembrances, a lyric ode to brown girlhood’ Emma Straub, author of All Adults Here

    Riveting, powerfully observed, and seething with raw, exuberant life … It’s hard to think of another book with more spirit or a keener eye’ Alexandra Kleeman, author of Something New Under the Sun

    ‘It is alive with the complicated yet vast love of immigrant mothers, American daughters, and childhood friends. I treasure this book’s artistic daring, its pathos, and its marvellous playfulness’ Megha Majumdar, author of A Burning

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