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By Jessica George
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Publisher Description

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! • A Today Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick

Sparkling." —The New York Times

"An utterly charming and deeply moving portrait of the joys
and the guiltof trying to find your own way in life." Celeste Ng, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Our Missing Hearts

"Lively, funny, poignant . . . Prepare to fall in love with Maddie. I did!" Bonnie Garmus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lessons in Chemistry

Maame (ma-meh) has many meanings in Twi but in my case, it means woman.

It’s fair to say that Maddie’s life in London is far from rewarding. With a mother who spends most of her time in Ghana (yet still somehow manages to be overbearing), Maddie is the primary caretaker for her father, who suffers from advanced stage Parkinson’s. At work, her boss is a nightmare and Maddie is tired of always being the only Black person in every meeting.

So when her mum returns from her latest trip, Maddie seizes the chance to move out of the family home and finally start living. A self-acknowledged late bloomer, she’s ready to experience some important “firsts”: She finds a flat share, says yes to after-work drinks, pushes for more recognition in her career, and throws herself into the bewildering world of internet dating. But when tragedy strikes, Maddie is forced to face the true nature of her unconventional family, and the perils—and rewards—of putting her heart on the line.

Smart, funny, and affecting, Jessica George's Maame deals with the themes of our time with humor and poignancy: from familial duty and racism, to female pleasure, the complexity of love, and the life-saving power of friendship. Most important, it explores what it feels like to be torn between two homes and cultures―and it celebrates finally being able to find where you belong.

"Meeting Maame feels like falling in love for the first time: warm, awkward, joyous, a little bit heartbreaking and, most of all, unforgettable." Xochitl Gonzalez, New York Times bestselling author of Olga Dies Dreaming

225 Reviews

Thumbs Up“The way this book is written is so unlike anything I’ve read and is so incredibly captivating. Maame brings you into a story of so many things - family problems, relationship/sex issues, anxiety and depression, unhealthy workplaces, racism problems, and more and lets you see all of this through the eyes of a woman living through this first hand. I felt ALL the emotions reading this - MAAME made me laugh, tear up, break my heart and fall in love.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readOriginal writingAddictiveRealistic settingThought-provoking
Loudly Crying Face“did i read the book or did the book read me? what a beautiful read <3”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growEasy to readRealistic settingComing of ageHeartbreakingThought-provoking
Slightly Smiling Face“It was hard for me to get to get into it at first. But I really enjoyed it at the end.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and grow
Loudly Crying Face“This book for me was slow starting out the first couple of chapters. As I began to read more it hooked me and made me want to keep on reading. I felt that the character Maddie was easy to relate with and at many points in the book I felt so heartbroken about what she was going through or dealinh with. Her mother was someone that I did not care for too much as she was always asking for money and was so reluctant to let her daughter the help she needed. Overall I really loved the book!”
Characters change and growColorful personalitiesDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersRelatable characters
Thinking Face“The writing was okay, I did like Maddie’s character and came to appreciate her inner dialogues. The “finally discovering yourself after growing up repressed” type of scenes were just a bit cliché for me, but the parts about grieving and struggling with grieving were a lot more heartfelt.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersEasy to readComing of age

About Jessica George

Jessica George was born and raised in London to Ghanaian parents and studied English Literature at the University of Sheffield. After working at a literary agency and a theatre, she landed a job in the editorial department of Bloomsbury UK. Maame is her first novel.

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