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Sara Ramnarine is just starting out her career in Toronto, a city that is touted as one of the most cosmopolitan in the world with its motto, “Diversity is our Strength.” As a smart, driven, educated, contemporary woman, Sara assumes her rise up the corporate ladder will be seamless. But she soon discovers that the workplace is full of pitfalls and obstructions, including ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Tightrope Books, Inc.
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Harry
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When a book is able to make you reflect on your own life experiences and reminds you of some of the issues that still exist to this day, you know it is extremely well written!

The author did a superb job in providing readers with real life situations that many minorities in Canada face today when they enter the "real world." Through Sara we learn about how she was an ambitious women trying to climb the ladder only to find out that she would have to overcome challenging obstacles that would make h
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Rebecca Higgins
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"And you, my dear, are someone they want in the room, but they don't want you to make too much noise or be too visible." Priya Ramsingh's Brown Girl In The Room has a wonderful protagonist who's easy to root for. This is a story that needs to be read. ...more
Hennybogan
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brown Girl in the Room gets you emotionally involved from the start and both the title and jacket picture are apropos. Linguistically much stronger than it appears at the outset, the book has a powerful cast of co-workers to the main character and it's into this setting in a public relations firm that Sara innocently steps. But Sara - a young woman of diverse heritage - grasps an essential fact after a few days on the job....there are political overtones present. And while she does have a few co ...more
Dave Gregory
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The most amazing thing about this book is that Ramsingh had to write about some petty, trivial and subtly racist characters, going about fairly mundane things, and still managed to make a coherent and well flowing novel that I sank into. By the time the author started leading into the conclusion, I thought it was happening too fast. I said, "Hey I'm enjoying this. I want more build up. I'm not ready." And it was quite a climax. So many competing interests - our narrator, several past and present ...more
Karina
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting story that speaks to the reality of what it's like to be a visible minority and a professional in a city that calls itself "diverse".

Although it is a fiction, the author's story is very realistic. As a visible minority with the same profession as main character Sara, and as a resident of the Greater Toronto Area, I can say that Sara's experiences and insecurities are very much like my own and of many close friends. It's a storyline that isn't discussed in popular modern ficti
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Alison Smith
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great read! I especially enjoyed the unique perspective of the main character, Sara, who faces all kinds of challenges at work, partly because her Caribbean heritage is somehow not ethnic enough for some of her colleagues. I related to Sara's struggles as she slowly recognizes what she is up against and fights for justice. The story is compelling and pulled me in with its vivid description of a toxic workplace and very real, horrible colleagues. This poisonous work environment is so we ...more
Laura
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brown Girl in the Room is a fantastic first novel from a talented writer.

The characters are complex; all have redeeming qualities, and all are flawed. Their relationships illustrate the gaps between perception and reality, and how our sense of the world -- and ultimately our actions -- are shaped not only by our history and beliefs, but also by our willingness to recognize and challenge our own biases.

Ramsingh tackles tough issues with sensitivity and honesty, never sensationalizing nor turning
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Jaclyn
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
All too realistic and relatable to anyone who's dealt with office politics and difficult co-workers. I love how the author humanizes even the bad characters in the beginning and wish she had kept them three-dimensional and developing all the way through as they began to feel a bit repetitive after a while. Also the ending is a bit abrupt as I wished to get more of a resolution to some things brought up near the end. ...more
Mo
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An authentic narrative of the realities faced at workplaces and in people's lives. This is a story that needs to be read and reflected upon for society to evolve. It leads the reader to realize the importance of inclusiveness. The description is effective. The thoughts, doubts and stress of the characters are well articulated. A great read. ...more
Anneke Alnatour
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Really enjoyed this book, though I thought the editing could have been a bit better at some points. As I am working in a similar field, it was quite interesting, but I have to admit: I cannot relate to her experiences AT ALL, thank God! I think this is an important story, and I'd recommend everyone who is interested in how racism impacts society, and especially POC. ...more
Linda
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A young woman born in Toronto of Caribbean parentage gets a job at a PR firm where “Diversity is our Strength”. Unfortunately Sara encounters many roadblocks, criticism, at this job. It is such a good read, there were times I was frustrated with her colleagues and Managers.
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