Leila Mottley has something to say and I think we should all pay attention. Nightcrawling is unflinching in its portrayal of how young Black girls are treated by men in power. Leila Mottley is not shy about portraying these realities but she does not linger on those traumatic moments. Kiara is given a voice. She is a young girl trying to survive in a desperate situation, holding on to the family and friends she loves and who love her. There is nothing wrapped up neatly here. It is devastating but also tender. I did feel sometimes it was lacking some depth and at times it felt sort of detached. This could have been a stylistic choice, but overall I thought it was an impressive debut by a young literary talent, and I look forward to what Mottley has in store for us.
[ID: The novel Nightcrawling, Leila Mottley is held up by Viv. The sun is out and a Wisteria tree is blurry in the background.]