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The Accidental Diva by Tia Williams
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"She was a skittish, trembling Question, and he was the Answer."

This is now a Tia Williams stan account. Truly. Her three adult novels share two things in common that I love: sharp humor and excellent contemporary world-building. Williams builds a social environment that is so rich and authentic it gives me a sense memory of being that Black girl living in New York. And she does all that by showing not simply telling: the dialogue, the cultural references, the characters are all so real, it give me shivers.
So I enjoyed this one a lot. In a nutshell, a smart, talented and well-loved southern girl moves to New York and soon finds her professional footing on the beauty magazine beat. Though she's the lone Black girl in the office, in her social life, she's surrounded by a tight circle of Black women in similar creative positions at the center of the beating heart of the city. It's like if Sex and the City actually looked like the multicultural city it was set in. And she falls in love with a man who's irresistible, brilliant, and, on the surface, all wrong for her. Drama ensues— and it gets messy at times—but The Accidental Diva is a delight all the same.
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Quotes Carole Liked

Tia Williams
“Renee was entering her acquisitions meeting with the air of Scarlett throwing the Yankees off Tara. Renee was all about going into battle. She wore a fitted gray BCBG pantsuit and her shaggy bob sleekly tucked behind her ears. She was Not Fucking Around.”
Tia Williams, The Accidental Diva

Tia Williams
“Billie and Jay flung themselves at each other like pigskin-crazed quarterbacks from opposing teams—unflinching, unmindful of the outcome, and likely to suffer a concussion.”
Tia Williams, The Accidental Diva

Reading Progress

June 10, 2021 – Started Reading
June 10, 2021 – Shelved
June 10, 2021 –
44.0% "She was a skittish, trembling Question, and he was the Answer."
June 10, 2021 – Finished Reading

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