Symona’s Still Single is a bold and insightful debut romance novel from presenter Lisa Bent that will give Black women hope and the courage to start with self-love when exploring the dating world.
37-year-old Jamaican British woman Symona Brown lives in South London and is looking for her Mr Right whilst her biological clock loudly ticks on. During a boozy Sunday lunch with her closest girlfriends, she announces that she is ready to up her game and start actively dating again after being consciously single for a number of years, to their surprise and delight.
Lisa’s skilful writing takes us along on Symona’s hilarious, yet familiar journey to find Mr Right.
Beginning as a memoir compiled from blogs and Facebook posts, Lisa created Symona’s Still Single to question what it means to exist and be a Black woman looking for love in the UK. Symona’s understanding of her identity, fears and beliefs run throughout the book alongside her failed relationships, past trauma and powerful sisterhood.
Examining the psychological impact and inner self work required to heal and thrive, this is not your average romance novel. At a time when representations of Black love, Black love and Black romance are at the forefront of collective imaginations, Lisa’s debut novel is an exciting addition to the literary landscape.
“Blind spots and repeating patterns exist in all our stories.”
Author Lisa shared her thoughts on what readers can expect to discover in her novel. “Blind spots and repeating patterns exist in all our stories. Symona’s journey of reflection shows the power of self-exploration and agency. In turn, gently nudging you to look at yours.”