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Simon and Schuster Canada

The Other Black Girl
A Novel
Canadian Export
By (author): Zakiya Dalila Harris
Zakiya Dalila Harris


Atria Books



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Jun 01, 2021
$24.99 CAD


228.6 x 152.4 x 30.48 mm | 0.93 lb

Page Count:

368 pages
Atria Books
FICTION / Literary

A Good Morning America, Esquire, and Read with Marie Claire Book Club Pick and a People Best Book of Summer

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Time, The Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, Entertainment Weekly, Marie Claire, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Parade, Goodreads, Fortune, and BBC

Named a Best Book of 2021 by Time, The Washington Post, Esquire, Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, and NPR

​​Urgent, propulsive, and sharp as a knife, The Other Black Girl is an electric debut about 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.

A whip-smart and dynamic thriller and sly social commentary that is perfect for anyone who has ever felt manipulated, threatened, or overlooked in the workplace, The Other Black Girl will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last twist.

Zakiya Dalila Harris spent nearly three years in editorial at Knopf/Doubleday before leaving to write her debut novel The Other Black Girl. Prior to working in publishing, Zakiya received her MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Guernica, and The Rumpus. She lives in Brooklyn.

“Filled with twists both unsettling and unexpected . . . such a timely read.” —TIME

“A thrilling, edgier Devil Wears Prada that explores privilege and racism.” Washington Post

“[A] buzzy debut set in publishing that explores race and class in the workplace.” —The Guardian

“A sly satire and thriller rolled into one.”

“Riveting, fearless, and vividly original. This is an exciting debut.” —EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Hotel

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