Black girls must die exhausted A novel

Jayne Allen, 1978-

eAudio - 2021

The first novel in a captivating three-book series about modern womanhood, in which a young Black woman must rely on courage, laughter, and love-and the support of her two longtime friends-to overcome an unexpected setback that threatens the most precious thing she's ever wanted. Tabitha Walker is a black woman with a plan to "have it all." At 33 years old, the checklist for the life of her dreams is well underway. Education? Check. Good job? Check. Down payment for a nice house? Check. Dating marriage material? Check, check, and check. With a coveted position as a local news reporter, a "paper-perfect" boyfriend, and even a standing Saturday morning appointment with a reliable hairstylist, everything seems to be fa...lling into place. Then Tabby receives an unexpected diagnosis that brings her picture-perfect life crashing down, jeopardizing the keystone she took for granted: having children. With her dreams at risk of falling through the cracks of her checklist, suddenly she is faced with an impossible choice between her career, her dream home, and a family of her own. With the help of her best friends, the irreverent and headstrong Laila and Alexis, the mom jeans-wearing former "Sexy Lexi," and the generational wisdom of her grandmother and the nonagenarian firebrand Ms. Gretchen, Tabby explores the reaches of modern medicine and tests the limits of her relationships, hoping to salvage the future she always dreamed of. But the fight is all consuming, demanding a steep price that forces an honest reckoning for nearly everyone in her life. As Tabby soon learns, her grandmother's age-old adage just might still be true: Black girls must die exhausted.

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Review by Booklist Review

Tabitha Walker is a 33-year-old news reporter who is on the cusp of having it all. She dates her dream guy, has two best friends who are always cheering her on, and is weeks away from receiving a promotion to lead reporter. But a fertility diagnosis puts a damper on her plans, and she realizes she has a short window to either conceive or go through the egg-freezing process. Shortly after, everything she's known to be secure seemingly falls apart. Weekly visits with her sounding board, her grandmother, the original Tabitha Walker whom she was named for, help Tabitha gain insight into her troubled relationship with her father, and how this relationship has impacted her perspective on love and forgiveness. As Tabitha weathers hard truths and realizations, she eventually sheds the strong Black woman trope and allows herself to feel and evolve. Allen's debut novel, the first in a trilogy originally published with a small indie press in 2018, captures the complexities of Black women coming into adulthood while learning to manage the disappointments and expectations placed on them by society.

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Allen's promising debut follows a Black reporter as she navigates matters of race, womanhood, and loyalty while gunning for a promotion at the L.A. TV station where she works. After 33-year-old Tabitha Walker's father left her and her mother when Tabitha was little, she grew close to her white paternal grandmother and visited her weekly at her nursing home, dreaming of a time when she could move both of them into a house. Back in the present, Tabitha's boyfriend reveals he's not ready to marry and be a father, so Tabitha spends the money she'd been saving for a house on freezing her eggs. Meanwhile, Tabitha's oldest friend separates from her husband after he admits his infidelity, and another friend dates a married man and starts keeping secrets. As Tabitha rises at work, she emphasizes the importance of perspective in her reporting on issues that affect Black people, such as gentrification and encounters with police, and Allen smartly mirrors the theme of perspective with the story of Tabitha's personal life, as Tabitha considers how her own point of view has shaped her feelings for others. Though the writing can sometimes be clunky, with overly descriptive sentences, Allen has the chops to become a terrific storyteller. There's a lot of potential here. Agent: Lucinda Halpern, Lucinda Literary. (Aug.)

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