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Maame: The unique, unfiltered, unforgettable must-read debut of 2023

Jessica George

6 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

THE debut of 2023. A blisteringly funny, heartbreaking novel about twenty-something British Ghanaian Maddie as she grapples with identity, love, loss, and becoming the woman she wants to be - for fans of Chewing Gum, Such a Fun Age and Queenie

*THE HOTTEST DEBUT OF 2023*

'Lively, funny, poignant . . . Prepare to fall in love with Maddie. I did!'
BONNIE GARMUS

'Utterly charming and deeply moving . . . Maddie's journey will resonate with anyone who's had to grow up - or who's still trying to'
CELESTE NG

'Honest, warm, heart-breaking and heart-healing. It felt truly modern, yet somehow timeless. I adored it'
NIKKI MAY

'I loved every page of this beautiful, heartwarming, empowering book. An exceptional debut from an incredibly exciting new talent'
BETH O'LEARY

'A poignant coming-of-age tale about finding strength, hope and courage . . . Maame's quiet confidence is true to life and liberating'
LIZZIE DAMILOLA BLACKBURN

'Meeting Maame feels like falling in love for the first time: warm, awkward, joyous, a little bit heartbreaking and, most of all, unforgettable'
XOCHITL GONZALEZ

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Mum calls me Maame. It has many meanings in Twi, but in my case, it means woman.

Meet Maddie.

To her mostly-absent mum, she's Maame, the woman of the family. To her dad, she's his carer - even if he hardly recognises her. To her friends, she's the one who still lives at home, who never puts herself first.

It's time to become the woman she wants to be.

The kind who wears a bright yellow suit, says yes to after-work drinks and flirts with a thirty-something banker. Who doesn't have to google all her life choices. Who demands a seat at the table.

But to put ourselves together, sometimes we have to fall apart...

Unique, unforgettable and unfiltered, Maame is an achingly funny, heartbreaking and life-affirming debut for everyone who has ever needed to find their voice.

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Praise for Maame: The unique, unfiltered, unforgettable must-read debut of 2023

  • Honest, warm, heart-breaking and heart-healing. It felt truly modern, yet somehow timeless. I adored it

  • A poignant coming-of-age tale about finding strength, hope and courage . . . Maame's quiet confidence is true to life and liberating

  • Lively, funny, poignant . . . Prepare to fall in love with Maddie. I did!

  • An utterly charming and deeply moving portrait of the joys - and the guilt - of trying to find your own way in life. At heart, Maame is about seeing life, your loved ones, and yourself in a new light, and Maddie's journey will resonate with anyone who's had to grow up - or who's still trying to

  • Meeting Maame feels like falling in love for the first time; warm, awkward, joyous, a little bit heartbreaking and, most of all, unforgettable. Jessica George viscerally renders the exquisite pain and poignant hilarity of coming of age as a woman today while perfectly capturing the extra thickets of thorns that lay in the paths of women of color in all white spaces. Maame is so many women I have known and loved: experiencing firsts, coming to hard revelations and choosing to bite into life with full, open hearts

  • A woman finding her feet, her independence, her place in the world, and all family obligations and expectations that pull on this particular British Ghanaian woman living in London. This book has such a strong voice, it's incredibly easy to read, it's funny, heartbreaking but also uplifting and thought provoking

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Jessica George

Jessica George was born and raised in London to Ghanaian parents and studied English Literature at the University of Sheffield. After working at a literary agency and a theatre, she landed a job in the editorial department of a publishing house. She now lives in North London with an incontrovertible sweet tooth and the knowledge that she can consume half a cake by herself if left to her own devices.

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