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Brown Girl in the Room
Brown Girl in the Room

Brown Girl in the Room


272 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: November 2017

ISBN 9781988040332

Rights: WOR

Tightrope Books (Nov 2017)
Tightrope Books, Inc.

Price: $16.95


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 discrimination and racism. Eventually, Sara is forced to make a critical decision that affects her career and state of mind, risking her reputation for years to come.


"Ramsingh creates a mostly believable, true-to-life workplace filled with conflicting egos and low-key racism that's as damaging as anything overt. The book's message is strong . . . a worthwhile story." —Publishers Weekly

"Sara seems perfect for her new job as publicist at Albatross Community Services. It serves a large immigrant population from South Asia, the Caribbean and Somalia. Toronto-born Sara is the daughter of South Asians from the Caribbean, and she is fully aware that her brown skin was important in her landing the job. She is smart and competent, yet it becomes chillingly clear that not all her co-workers — brown or white — are prepared to welcome the new girl. Office politics steeped in rivalry and racism make for a toxic brew. This is Priya Ramsingh's first novel." —Sarah Murdoch, The Toronto Star

"Brown Girl in the Room is an all too realistic and relatable story of being a woman of colour and building your career… Ramsingh does a great job of depicting the insidiously subtle form racism can take in the professional world." —Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen,

"A crucial addition to Canadian diasporic literature… In an era where representation matters, Brown Girl in the Room is definitely the first novel I have read that has connected so deeply to my own reality." —Amrita Kumar-Ratta, Brown Girl Magazine

Author Biography

Since she was acclaimed by her Grade 5 teacher for her story writing skills, Priya Ramsingh has recognized her calling as a writer. An English graduate from Carleton University, Priya spent 22 years in communications, with nine as a freelance writer. Brown Girl in the Room is her first novel.