"A unique and important story"
Reviewed by Evie Harris
Posted November 18, 2021
Multicultural African-American | Women's Fiction
Three Black women, one a refugee, one an American executive, and one a former model and now airline attendant, find themselves linked to a white Swedish owner of a marketing agency. One works for him as a janitor, one works for him in an executive capacity, and the other he marries.
The protagonists are expertly portrayed. Each has her own reasons for being in Sweden and readers learn what they are as their stories are told in their own voices. They grapple with social and personal issues, no matter what their status in society. Serious realizations are faced and dealt with, each in their own way.
IN EVERY MIRROR SHE'S BLACK by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom is a fascinating and poignant story. It is well worth reading. Highly recommended.
An arresting debut for anyone looking for insight into what it means to be a Black woman in the world.
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 U.S. 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 U.S. propels former model-turned-flight-attendant Brittany-Rae Johnson into a life of wealth, luxury, and privilege - a life she's not sure she wants - as the object of his unhealthy obsession.
And refugee Muna Saheed, who lost her entire family, 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 yet accessible contemporary 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.
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Re: A unique and important story
I think the review of this book is enticing and revying of how
Black women are regarded no matter their social status whether
it is abroad or in America. We are still trying to find our
place in society whether in love or personal matters.
(Wanda Dixon 9:05am November 30)
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