3 Novel Accessories: FRYING PLANTAIN, by Zalika Reid-Benta

Next up to be accessorized is Frying Plantain, by Zalika Reid-Benta, which has been one of CanLit’s most buzzed-about titles of the summer. We scoped out the stock at Toronto-based online accessory boutique Inner Muse to find gorgeous items that complement the book both in theme and aesthetic.

“[FRYING PLANTAIN] IS AN UNFORGETTABLE DEBUT.” — PAUL BEATTY, BOOKER PRIZE–WINNING AUTHOR OF THE SELLOUT


Machete Mini Hoop—Lemon

Pairing well with the book’s red and yellow cover, I also think that Kara would like the look she catches of herself in these earrings as she’s trying on lipstick in the mirror at Shopper’s Drug Mart.


Shashi Tilu Bracelet—Rainbow

The bright colours in this bracelet conjure Kara’s Jamaican heritage, and make for a fun and playful accessory.


Leah Alexandra—Love Token Necklace

Based on Rosemonde Gerard’s 19th century French poem, this necklace is stamped with the French sentiment “+ qu’hier – que demain”. It is a symbol of growing love which translates from the poem’s French verse meaning “I love you more than yesterday and less than tomorrow,” and signifies the strong but complicated bond that resides between Kara and her mother.