Today we are going to talk about July’s book of the month, Black Girls Must Die Exhausted by Jayne Allen. But first, let’s check out this book and see what it is all about.
I guess that on some days, and maybe for some, every day, people other than me could be found walking into their workplace pretending to be someone they’re not…
…Today was my first time feeling so acutely aware of that disconnect.“
Thirty-three-year-old Tabitha Walker thought she was living her “best life” completely under control. She had Marc, her sexy, smooth and successful “paper-perfect” Porsche-driving boyfriend; a coveted position as a local news reporter; and weaving it all together, a standing hair appointment with a reliable stylist.
But it’s funny how life can interrupt even the best planning.
Tabitha’s fortunes take a turn when she learns that the family she always hoped for could slip away — and not just because Marc has been slow to propose.
When her otherwise enviable body starts to fail in a surprising way, Tabitha must embark on a journey, supported by colorful family and friends, to reclaim her own quirky version of “black girl magic” before the unexpected takes more from her than just her dreams of becoming a wife and mother.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT AND/OR ANSWER:
- Which race-based situations could you identify within the book?
- Do you agree with Marc saying she should feel threated by cops because she is a woman and not a man? Why?
- Which of the three friends are you? Tabby, Lexi or Laila?
- Now that you have read the book does the title have a new meaning to you?
- What are your thoughts on the men in the book? What is the common theme among the men in Tabby’s life?
- When you are much older will you be more like Tabby’s grandmother or Ms. Gretchen?
“Allen writes in a sharp, lively voice that is full of warmth and humor…Tabitha and her friends are well-drawn, and it is the dynamic between the protagonist and the women in her life that propels the story. Touching on issues of professional womanhood, race, and family, the author crafts a novel that is both timely and enjoyable.” – Kirkus Reviews
“…Allen crafts an engaging and evenly plotted story of a woman who, after learning that she has only a limited window in which to have children, evaluates her relationships and personal aspirations. Allen explores the themes of racial prejudice, infidelity, and family dynamics in this voice-driven work…readers will readily connect with her search for fulfillment on her journey of self-discovery.” – The BookLife Prize
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