55 pages 1 hour read

Zakiya Dalila Harris

The Other Black Girl

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2021

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Essay Topics

1.

The novel begins with an epigraph from Tananarive Due’s Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror: “Black history is Black horror.” Describe specific moments of Black horror in the novel. Consider the ways in which these fictional moments draw upon historical and current moments of oppression and violence against Black Americans.

2.

Nella, Kendra Rae, and Diana each remember and reflect upon the importance of Black female friendships. Choose one of these characters and explain what Black female friendships mean to her and how they inform her choices. Cite examples.

3.

Choose any two female characters from the novel to compare. How are they markedly alike or surprisingly different?

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