‘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. For those of us who were once teenage girls, it is an irresistible chorus of remembrances, a lyric ode to brown girlhood. I absolutely loved it’ Emma Straub, author of All Adults Here
‘Riveting, powerfully observed, and seething with raw, exuberant life, Brown Girls is an epic told in the register of the yearning, vivid experiences of its characters. It’s hard to think of another book with more spirit or a keener eye’ Alexandra Kleeman, author of Something New Under the Sun
‘Exhilarating … 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
A blazingly original new debut novel
About the Author
Daphne Palasi Andreades was born and raised in Queens, New York. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, where she was awarded a Henfield Prize and a Creative Writing Teaching Fellowship. She is the recipient of a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship, among other honors. Brown Girls is her first novel.
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