Jade has done all the right things. She’s curated herself to fit right in at her law firm, but tells herself she has no choice. She’s with a man who loves her, but isn’t always herself around him. She’s made her Omma and Baba proud, but resents that they can’t properly understand her. Jade is perfectly in control of her life. Until one terrible night unravels Jade’s carefully constructed world, leaving her wondering who she truly is.

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Jade isn’t even my real name. Jade began as my Starbucks name, because all children of immigrants have a Starbucks name.

Jade has become everything she ever wanted to be.

Successful lawyer.
Dutiful daughter.
Beloved girlfriend.
Loyal friend.

Until one night after a work event she suffers an unspeakable attack.

As she tries to confront what happened to her, she finds herself caught between her parents who can’t understand, her boyfriend who feels betrayed, and her job that expects silence.
The world Jade has constructed starts to crumble.

This raw, darkly funny novel explores the ‘grey-area’ of consent and recovery that’s far from linear, and will leave you asking yourself: what would you have done in Jade’s situation?

‘JADED is a thoughtful, hard-hitting exploration of race, identity, and the rippling effects of sexual assault. Ela Lee writes with an urgency and clarity that will have you hooked until the last page.’ ? Cecile Pin, Women’s Prize longlisted author of Wandering Souls

Content warning: this novel features themes of sexual assault and violence.

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Weight 611 g
Dimensions 24 × 16.2 × 3.5 cm










Hardback original


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


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