‘Sharp, charming and passionate . . . It is this eye for the rhythms and textures of life — of millennial digital media, of the death by a thousand cuts offered by workplace racism, of Maryland suburbia — that makes this novel vivid and inviting’
New York Times Book Review
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She’s stayed quiet for too long.
Now it’s time to speak her truth.
Until twenty-four hours ago, Mickey Hayward was living the life she’d always dreamed of:
– Working as a full-time writer for a trendy media company (tick)
– In a committed, loving relationship (tick)
Now she’s fired, tossed aside for a younger, more ‘agreeable’ Black writer. Sick of always being overlooked and undervalued, she responds with an online letter detailing the racism she’s faced within the industry. But when it’s met with overwhelming silence, and her girlfriend suggests they go on a break, Mickey’s carefully crafted life starts to fall apart.
As Mickey flees to her hometown, the simplicity of her old life – and the arms of an old flame – are all too tempting. But her life in New York refuses to be forgotten. And when a media scandal turns Mickey’s post into a viral sensation, suddenly everyone wants to hear what she has to say.
It’s what Mickey’s always wanted – isn’t it?
Intimate, witty, and deeply sexy, Homebodies is a testament to those trying to be heard and loved in a world that refuses to make space for them.
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Praise for Homebodies
‘Sharp and heartfelt and keenly observed – I devoured this book’ Katie Cotugno, New York Times Bestselling author of Birds of California
‘I saw so much of myself in her utterly delicious and sometimes aching story’ Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, author of the New York Times bestselling The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois
‘Denton-Hurst dazzles with her stirring indictment of racism in media and its insidious effects on Mickey. . . Emotionally and politically resonant, this is not to be missed.’ Publishers Weekly