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A sharply written story with messy, deeply moving characters, raising brutal questions and steering clear of easy answers. A book that will stick with you long after you've turned the last page -- Taylor Jenkins Reid, bestselling author of Daisy Jones and the Six These characters will pull at your heartstrings. L?la writes with a contemporary flair, highlighting the layered subtleties of the Black woman's plight -- Nicole Dennis-Benn, bestselling author of novels Here Comes the Sun and Patsy A sexy, surprising, searing debut about love, loss, desire, and the many dimensions of Black womanhood. Timely and terrific! -- Deesha Philyaw, award-winning author of The Secret Life of Church Ladies This is a very different and unpredictable portrayal of Black women's search for love and self, and it's pure magic -- Kim Golden, author of Maybe Baby At once enjoyable and disturbing as it explores the painful price millions of women around the world pay for walking around with black skin -- Imbolo Mbue, New York Times bestselling author of Behold the Dreamers Captivating. Akerstroem describes what it is to be an ambitious black woman in today's world. The story of Kemi, Muna and Brittany-Rae - black women hoping to start anew in a society that does not see them - is a story for these times, and their fate is a stark reminder that the seaweed isn't always greener in somebody else's lake -- Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters' Street A striking debut... As entertaining as it is revealing, Akerstroem's novel has readers hoping that each of these women is able to break free from toxic expectations and achieve her every dream and ambition. Along the way, Akerstroem also delivers poignant commentary on Swedish culture and the price Black women pay by virtue of the color of their skin. A guaranteed favorite for fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah' * Booklist * Take three Black women in search of a better life. Add love and desire to a mix of family expectations and what it's like to have no family whatsoever. Akinmade Akerstrom's voice is fresh and insightful as she tells a compelling story of what it means to be a Black woman in a globalised world. From a rich, cushioned elite to a determined refugee, she takes us from the US and London to Sweden. This ambitious novel is beautifully realised. Akinmade Akerstrom is definitely a writer to watch! -- Yaba Badoe, author of A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars and Wolflight Lola Akinmade Akerstroem's debut novel is as much a liberating battle cry as it is a searing, multifaceted examination of the hearts and minds of Black women navigating white-dominated spaces... Rather than shying away from or oversimplifying difficult and complex topics, Akerstroem has effectively packaged themes of racism, immigration, fetishism and otherness into an engrossing story that will enlighten its readers, regardless of their nationality or race' * BookPage * A beautiful novel [...] that highlights what it's really like to be a Black woman today... Contemporary and vivid, this story will captivate and educate' * Good Morning America * A rich narrative, weaving together each woman's perspective to unpack nuances around foreignness and belonging. Through lively prose and spirited dialogue, Akerstroem shows that for all the protagonists' differences, being a Black woman in a white-dominated society will inevitably lead them to the same fate * Vulture * An engaging novel that presents the nuanced experiences of Black women from all walks of life. The author takes on misogynoir masterfully in this book that's never quite what you think it is * Essence * I loved In Every Mirror She's Black so much. I was captivated by the writing from page one, and the characters kept me turning. I was heavily invested in Brittany, Kemi, and particularly, Muna, whom I had become protective of. Although it had sad notes, I appreciated how Lola didn't shy away from exploring heavy themes, as it made the book even more powerful -- Lizzie Da
Nigerian-American and based in Sweden, L?la Akinmade Akerstroem is an award-winning author, speaker, and photographer. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, Guardian, Sunday Times Travel, Daily Telegraph, New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Travel Channel, Adventure Magazine, Lonely Planet, amongst others. In addition to contributing to several books, she is the author of the following books: 2018 Lowell Thomas Award winner for best travel book, Due North and bestselling LAGOM: Swedish Secret of Living Well, available in 18 foreign language editions. She has been recognized with multiple awards for her work, including 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award, and she was honoured with a MIPAD 100 (Most Influential People of African Descent) Award within media and culture in 2018. Her photography is represented by National Geographic Image Collection. Lola is also the editor of Slow Travel Stockholm, an online magazine dedicated to exploring Sweden's capital city in depth.
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