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The Other Black Girl

By Zakiya Dalila Harris
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“Riveting, fearless, and vividly original” (Emily St. John Mandel, New York Times bestselling author), this instant New York Times bestseller explores the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing.

Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust.

Then the notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk: LEAVE WAGNER. NOW.

It’s hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages. But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realizes that there’s a lot more at stake than just her career. Having joined Wagner Books to honor the legacy of Burning Heart, a novel written and edited by two Black women, she had thought that this animosity was a relic of the past. Is Nella ready to take on the fight of a new generation?

“Poignant, daring, and darkly funny, The Other Black Girl will have you stressed and exhilarated in equal measure through the very last twist” (Vulture). The perfect read for anyone who has ever felt manipulated, threatened, or overlooked in the workplace.

473 Reviews

Anxious Face with sweat“I devoured this book. I have been sitting on writing this review bc I feel like there is just SO MUCH to say. To me it was a poignant allegory on the large scale and small scale ways that white supremacy permeates every facet of society and how it leaves Black people in impossible situations and endless hurt trying to navigate these things in their everyday lives. And how even people in oppressed communities will cozy up and play into their oppressors’ systems to try to make life “easier” and be able to get ahead. Even though we know that doesn’t actually mean they don’t continue to deal with micro and macro aggressions. And I loved the focus on the experiences of Black women and their specific struggles with misogynoir. And the ending!😱”
Multi-layered charactersFast-pacedSuspensefulRealistic settingDarkThought-provokingBigotryRacism
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I think about this book once a week. There’s nothing like it. READ IT.”
Diverse charactersLikable charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readOriginal writingAddictiveFast-pacedSuspensefulTwistyUnpredictable
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“The book starts off great I wanted Hazel and Nella to get along so bad!! I wanted to see some black girl magic. After npseeing Hazel kissing the butts and brown nosing I knew this book was going to take a dark turnvI was trying tosee how Hazel was going to drag Nella, but a hair grease trappp???? Thats a different type of low you know us black girls love our hair!!!!! Although that hair grease was meant for Nella to permanently code switch it seemed like she didnt need much brain washing”
Colorful personalitiesDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersOriginal charactersEasy to readWhimsicalFast-pacedSuspensefulThrilling
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I really enjoyed the fact that there wasn’t a happy ending and the girl didn’t accomplish anything other than her own demise.”
Original charactersEasy to readSuspensefulTragicTwistyDark
Anxious Face with sweat“this was such a fun and easy read for me. I was hooked and wanting to know more about the characters. I will say I got a little lost at times with an introduction of many characters, but overall loved following the protagonist. The ending though, maybe it's just me, I really like a resolved ending. and the protagonist I was rooting for fell under the trap. it really made me question what I would be willing to do to feel free and accepted in a room full of white people that I work with. but I really did like the ending in the sense of the twist. so good”

About Zakiya Dalila Harris

Zakiya Dalila Harris received her MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her debut novel, The Other Black Girl, was an instant New York Times bestseller. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Cosmopolitan, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

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