After the release of Candice Carty-Williams first novel Queen in 2019, he quickly became a phenomenon, even among celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o and Halle Bailey. Carty-Williams won Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, becoming the first black writer to do so.
Now, Carty-Williams is continuing her cultural imprint on the literary world with people persona novel about the bond between five estranged half-siblings and half-siblings and the power that exists within the family.
The truth is that we cannot choose our family. We were born into it and that’s it. As far as this story goes, if you could choose your family, you wouldn’t choose the Penningtons. A father, four mothers and five children. Yes, you can imagine the drama that lingers with that.
The story centers on Dimple Pennington, “number 3 in line”. She knows her half-siblings, but they are virtually unknown. They have nothing in common except memories of their father’s golden jeep and serious abandonment issues.
Dimple is a budding influencer. At 30, things don’t go as planned, despite his loyalty. However, his life has come down to his phone. She has also shrunk into a toxic boyfriend.
Then something happens one night. There’s a spill, a fight, and well, a crazy story emerges that becomes the catalyst for Dimple’s four half-siblings to come together to help him.
So much drama and you don’t have to wait. It gets to work with the action, and I enjoyed that. It was a very plot-driven novel, although I wouldn’t say it’s plot-heavy. In fact, it reads like a script in simple dialogue. It’s one of those books that tells it all and doesn’t show itself (which created some cringe-worthy scenes!). Leave your imagination behind because you won’t need it.
I’ll start by saying that I couldn’t help but see the similarities with Queen and I found Dimple reminded me a lot of her in the way she was naive and passive. But unlike Queen, there is a certain level of responsibility in Dimple. The other similarity was that the characters were Jamaican or had Jamaican ancestry.