Jayne Allen

Cindy Seip

Jayne Allen is the pen name of Jaunique Sealey, a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School. Drawing from her experiences as an attorney and entrepreneur, she writes stories that touch upon contemporary women’s issues such as workplace and career dynamics, race, fertility, modern relationships, and mental health awareness. She calls her first novel, Black Girls Must Die Exhausted: A Novel (Harper Perennial) “the epitaph of my 30s.” The protagonist, Tabitha Walker, is a Black woman with a plan to “have it all.” At 33 years old, the checklist for the life of her dreams – education, career, a good relationship – is well underway. But an unexpected diagnosis puts in doubt something she took for granted: having children. Suddenly, the fight to save the future she dreamed of becomes all-consuming, demanding a steep price that forces an honest reckoning for nearly everyone in her life. Her grandmother’s adage just might still be true: Black girls must die exhausted. Kirkus praised Allen’s writing as “a sharp, lively voice that is full of warmth and humor. … Tabitha and her friends are well-drawn, and it is the dynamic between the protagonist and the women in her life that propels the story. … a novel that is both timely and enjoyable.”