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Publisher's Summary

 

A Go On Girl! Book Club Pick

Three Black women are linked in unexpected ways to the same influential white man in Stockholm as they build their new lives in the most open society run by the most private people.

Successful marketing executive Kemi Adeyemi is lured from the US to Sweden by Jonny von Lundin, CEO of the nation's largest marketing firm, to help fix a PR fiasco involving a racially tone-deaf campaign. A killer at work but a failure in love, Kemi's move is a last-ditch effort to reclaim her social life.

A chance meeting with Jonny in business class en route to the US propels former model-turned-flight-attendant Brittany-Rae Johnson into a life of wealth, luxury, and privilege as the object of his unhealthy obsession.

And refugee Muna Saheed finds a job cleaning the toilets at Jonny's office as she works to establish her residency in Sweden and, more importantly, seeks connection and a place she can call home.

Told through the perspectives of each of the three women, In Every Mirror She's Black is a fast-paced, richly nuanced novel that touches on important social issues of racism, classism, fetishization, and tokenism, and what it means to be a Black woman navigating a white-dominated society.

©2021 Lola Akinmade Akerstrom (P)2022 Tantor

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Narrator is distracting

Why did narrator Rosemarie Akwafo decide that a Black woman from DC, whose family is Jamaican, should have a Southern accent? Folks from DC do not have Southern accents! Moreover, the white Southern drawl for Brittany Rae was overdone and inconsistent, and it was sooo distracting that it pulled me out of the story. Also, what kind of name is Brittany Rae?

Although I was hyped for this book, the story was disappointing. The Black women characters are defined by their sexual currency and their relationship to men, and the choices that characters made were highly unrealistic. We are led to believe that a Black woman who has made it to the C-suite and won a national award twice in a row can easily be tripped up by a white dude? Nah.

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Compelling Story, Rushed Ending

The voice for Brittney Rae was inconsistent and distracting. The story itself was compelling. The ending was rushed.

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I want more

This book was such an easy read. The stories were pretty straightforward but the ending really left me for more. The stories are a reminder of how things don't always look like what they seemed

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This book was not for me

In my opinion I really disliked this book.
The book was full of stereotypes that ran the gamut. It was disturbing in some aspects and full of white male savior references.
I do not understand all of the hype that was around this piece of literary trash. The performance gets an A for effort, but the accents were awful!
Me being an AA women, I was offended and disgusted. Wish I could get a refund!

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What a Journey!

Having spent a lot of time in Sweden as a Black American woman and professional, I related wholeheartedly to this book. The author captured the nuances so well, put into words many of the feelings I've held close over the years. I thought I imagined it all. I stumbled across this book and so glad that I did.

Very well written and narrated. I recommend.

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Loved it!

Loved the different perspectives and felt it was expertly written. My only critique is that I wished it had 3 narrators instead of two, but other than that, I'm a fan!

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Such a wonderful book

I truly loved reading this book and hearing the stories of these 3 women and how they were connected. I only hate how rushed the ending felt. I wished it was a little longer and more conclusive.

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OMG

I am so sad there is no happy ending, I was transfixed until the end.
Didn’t necessarily enjoy the impression of the American accent as compared to the other accents in this audio version.

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Heartbreaking, Disturbing, Fantastic, Awe-fuilled

This is such a triumph of a work for this moment and time. To tell the stories of Black women in Europe and it be so real, honest, eye-opening. It's a revelatory piece of fiction that everyone should read. I enjoyed it. An absolute page turner. I couldn't put it down and it stayed with me long after reading. The Audio performances were amazing as well. Go read it. the Work can speak for itself. so proud of my fell Naija woman Lola for exposing the truth and telling the story.

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Great read.

The story needs to be told You will enjoy. Seems so real. Makes you think

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