Nightcrawling

By Leila Mottley,

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Book description

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • AN OPRAH BOOK CLUB PICK • BOOKER PRIZE LONGLIST • A dazzling novel about a young Black woman who walks the streets of Oakland and stumbles headlong into the failure of its justice system. This debut of a blazingly original voice “bursts at the…

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Why read it?

2 authors picked Nightcrawling as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I went to a family camp this summer and met a fellow camper reading this book while floating on the river (shout out to Mara!). When she finished it, she gave it to me.

I read it in two days—bringing it to meals, the river, to the lounge chairs by the basketball court. Let’s be clear—Nightcrawling isn’t a light, relaxing, river read… but it tells a powerful and heartbreaking story and I couldn’t put it down. 

I can’t resist a book set in Oakland, very near to where I live.

I also love a novel that tells deep truths, and Nightcrawling does that, showing the horrors of police abuse and the failures of the justice system. However, this book isn’t “trauma porn.” On every page, protagonist Kiara owns her story, drives her agency, makes the best choices she can in the moment, and loves with a huge heart.

The way she finds her way to queer love is organic and beautiful.

From Lucy's list on not-the-same-old queer stories.

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