Nightcrawling

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Pub Date 7 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 7 Jun 2022
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ), Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)

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Bloomsbury’s fiction superlead for 2022, Nightcrawling is a completely unforgettable debut inspired by a devastating true story from the streets of Oakland, California. You will never forget its narrator Kiara – a woman determined to survive, in a world that refuses to protect her. Leila Mottley is a blazing new literary talent: a voice we will be hearing from for decades to come. 

When there is no choice, all you have left to do is walk.

Kiara Johnson does not know what it is to live as a normal seventeen-year-old. With her mother in a rehab facility and an older brother who devotes his time and money to a recording studio, she fends for herself – and for nine-year-old Trevor, whose own mother is prone to disappearing for days at a time. As the landlord of their apartment block threatens to raise their rent, Kiara finds herself walking the streets after dark.

Then one night Kiara is picked up by Officers 601 and 190, and the gruesome deal she is offered in exchange for her freedom lands her at the centre of a media storm. If she agrees to testify in a grand jury trial, she could help expose the sickening corruption of a police department. But honesty comes at a price – one that could leave her family vulnerable to their retaliation, and endanger everyone she loves.

Nightcrawling is an unforgettable novel about young people navigating the darkest corners of an adult world, told with a humanity that is at once agonising and utterly mesmerising.

Bloomsbury’s fiction superlead for 2022, Nightcrawling is a completely unforgettable debut inspired by a devastating true story from the streets of Oakland, California. You will never forget its...


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'A truly beautiful and powerful book' - Ruth Ozeki, author of THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS


'A truly beautiful and powerful book' - Ruth Ozeki, author of THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS



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This book is about a 17 year old black girl who lives with her brother and they're struggling to make rent after their father's death and their mother's imprisonment. She ends up working on the streets and becoming involved with local policemen who only pay her for her work when they feel like it. I found this book completely gripping and finished it pretty much in one sitting. I think this is going to be a huge bestseller.

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This book ripped my heart out. The fact that Leila Mottley started writing it at the tender age of 17 just blows my mind!

"Nightcrawling" is based on a true story and is all the more affecting for it. It's about poverty and struggle, survival and exploitation, the family we get and the one we choose for ourselves. I particularly appreciated the Author's Note at the end, outlining her motivation for writing and highlighting issues such as the adultification of Black girls. This is a heart-achingly necessary book which will carve a hole in your soul and stay with you forever.

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Make me a badge and a membership card and sign me up to the Leila Mottley fan club. WOW. This book, oof. I can’t believe Mottley started writing it when she was just 17; it’s absolutely incredible. Deeply disturbing and hard to read in places, but a necessary (fictional) account of what happened in Oakland in 2015. I look forward to seeing what Leila Mottley does next: she is one to watch, for sure.

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Oh. My. Days. What a harrowing, heartbreaking read. This book follows the story of Kiara, a 17 year old girl who has been well and truly let down by everyone who should have been there for her and you can literally feel her loneliness and utter desperation in every word. As always, I don't like to give any plot away in my reviews, just know that this is an absolute must-read. Five stars out of five.

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