Review: Girl by Kenya Hunt

Title: Girl – Essays on Black Womanhood

Author: Kenya Hunt

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: HQ

The Blurb

In the vein of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, but wholly its own, Girl is a provocative, heartbreaking and frequently hilarious collection of original essays on what it means to be black, a woman, a mother and a global citizen in today’s ever-changing world.

Black women have never been more visible or more publicly celebrated. But for every new milestone, every magazine cover, every box office record smashed, the reality of everyday life remains a complex, nuanced, contradiction-laden experience.

Award-winning journalist and American in London Kenya Hunt threads razor sharp cultural observation through evocative and relatable stories, both illuminating our current cultural moment and transcending it.

The Review

I know that I live in a very privileged position purely based on the colour of my skin and so whenever possible I will try to read books by authors or writers who can give me insight into their lived experience so I can at least attempt and possibly begin to understand a world so close yet so separate from my own. Girl by Kenya Hunt is one such book.

Through a series of essays you are given an insight into what it is like to be a black woman in a modern world. The everyday struggles that those of us in privileged positions take for granted. Until the harsh realities are presented to you then you don’t have a clue. It is books like Girl (among others) that are helping to change and re-mould the narrative that will hopefully be more prevalent in the future.

Girl – Essays on Black Womanhood by Kenya Hunt is available now.

For more information regarding Kenya Hunt (@KenyaNHunt) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding HQ (@HQstories) please visit www.hqstories.co.uk.

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