Best-Selling Prize-Winning Novelist
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WHERE WOMEN ARE KINGS
Elijah, seven years old, is covered in scars and has a history of disruptive behaviour. His adoptive mother Nikki believes that she and her husband Obi are strong enough to accept his difficulties – and that being white will not affect her ability to raise a black son.
Elijah’s birth mother Deborah loves her son like the world has never known. Elijah thinks it’s his fault they can’t be together.
Each of them faces more challenges than they could have dreamed, but just as Elijah starts to settle in, a shocking event rocks their fragile peace and the result is devastating.
“Christie Watson reeled me into this wise and moving portrayal of one family’s struggle to love fiercely to the haunting end. Young Elijah stayed with me long after the last page.” —Shilpi Somaya Gowda, best-selling author of Secret Daughter
“Christie Watson writes with compassion, insight, and a delicate beauty about a difficult and often overlooked subject—the intersections of race, family, fostering and the unexpected power of love.” —Chris Abani, author of GraceLand and The Secret History of Las Vegas
“A beautifully sad novel… Watson’s words are beautifully lyrical…Watson leaves us with an unforgettable story that will make your chest tighten, your eyes leak and your heart lurch.” —In Style
“A sensitive portrayal of the complex realities of adoption and mental illness.” —Daily Telegraph
“Staggeringly authentic, staggeringly moving and profound…and at times hysterically funny. It’s a gem.” —Lesley Lokko, author of A Private Affair
“Watson’s second offering is deeply moving and disturbing, with a rich narrative that keeps the reader keen—yet fearful—of what happens next.” —Independent Press Association
“One of those stories that goes straight to the heart.” —Litteratursiden
“Expertly handles delicate, culturally sensitive issues . . . Elijah’s voice shines through the pages, making him a character who is memorable long after the story ends.” —We Love This Book
“A stunningly haunting novel… impossible to put down.” —Image
“Kept us gripped throughout . . . stayed with us long after we’d finished the final page.” —Stylist
“Uplifting, heartwarming.” —Pride Magazine