Girl, Woman, Other
Mr B's review
In twelve deftly interlinked narratives we are given a dozen very different views of what it is to be black and female. Drifting back and forth across generations, and moving around Britain and occasionally beyond to reflect heritages from the Caribbean to Nigeria, we get a myriad of dramatic and overlapping life stories. From rebellious squatter turned playwright Amma to accidental cult member Dominque, the characters are always memorable, often pugnacious and the writing is poetic, accessible and compelling. – Nic at Mr. B’s
With her historic Booker win, Bernardine Evaristo is the author everyone is talking about.
The standout book of 2019, Girl, Woman, Other is the number book you need to read this year.
***WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019***
SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
This is Britain as you’ve never read it.
This is Britain as it has never been told.
From Newcastle to Cornwall, from the birth of the twentieth century to the teens of the twenty-first, Girl Woman Other follows a cast of twelve characters on their personal journeys through this country and the last hundred years. They’re each looking for something – a shared past, an unexpected future, a place to call home, somewhere to fit in, a lover, a missed mother, a lost father, even just a touch of hope . . .
‘Masterful . . . A choral love song to black womanhood in modern Great Britain’ Elle
‘Exceptional. Ambitious, flowing and all-encompassing, an offbeat narrative that’ll leave your mind in an invigorated whirl… [It] unites poetry, social history, women’s voices and beyond. You have to order it right now’ Stylist
‘Bernardine Evaristo can take any story from any time and turn it into something vibrating with life’ Ali Smith, author of How to be both
‘Sparkling, inventive’ Sunday Times
‘Funny, sad, tender and true, deserves to win awards’ Red
‘Brims with vitality’ Financial Times
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2019
‘Girl, Woman, Other is about struggle, but it is also about love, joy and imagination. * Guardian * Masterful… A choral love song to black womanhood in modern Great Britain * Elle * With this rich composition, Evaristo deserves a toast * Literary Review * Brims with vitality * FT * Evaristo’s prose hums with life as characters seem to step off the page fully formed. At turns funny and sad, tender and true, this book deserves to win awards * Red * An exceptional book that unites poetry, social history, women’s voices and beyond. Order it right now * Stylist * Exuberant, bursting at the seams in delightful ways… Evaristo continues to expand and enhance our literary canon. If you want to understand modern day Britain, this is the writer to read * New Statesman * Weaves through time and space with crackling originality * Vogue *
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