***WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019***
SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
This is Britain as you've never seen 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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Nobody lives in a vacuum, especially in a city like London where people’s lives intersect every moment of the day. Girl, Woman, Other follows 12 very different characters, each with their own chapter and the experience is like reading a novel, a short story collection and a prose poem in one. Bernardine Evaristo’s writing flows across the page with no capitalisation and minimal punctuation—let yourself sink into the words and become part of the experience. Empathetic, frank and unflinching, this multi-faceted portrait of black British women’s lives will have you fretting over these women’s struggle but also sharing their laughter and joy.
Evaristo (Mr. Loverman) beguiles with her exceptional depictions of a range of experiences of black British women in this Man Booker shortlisted novel. Each interconnected chapter focuses on one of 12 women across decades within a few degrees of connection to middle-aged lesbian Amma. In the present, Amma remembers her years of precarious living and feminist agitation through theater while preparing for the opening night of her of her play about African Amazonian warriors at the National Theatre. Amma's firebrand daughter, Yazz, hopes for a boyfriend at university but instead forms a diverse friend group that challenges her ideas about race and privilege. Amma's best friend, Dominique, moves to America with an increasingly controlling girlfriend. Amma's oldest friend, Shirley, is a discouraged schoolteacher, still hurt that her former student Carole did not appreciate her help launching her toward her lucrative, if frustrating, bank career. Shirley's prickly colleague Penelope, a twice-divorced middle-class woman, hires Carole's mother, Bummi, a Nigerian immigrant, as a cleaner. Morgan, a non-binary social media personality, enjoys laboring on the family's north England farm, while their nonagenarian great-grandmother, Hattie, internally grumbles about her descendants' indifference and the shock of family secrets. Hattie's deceased mother, Grace, proudly Abyssinian, struggles with the death of her young children in a chapter set in the 1920s. The after-party following Amma's play sparks awkward and revealing encounters between many of the women. Evaristo's fresh, clipped style adds urgency riddled with sparks of humor. This is a stunning powerhouse of vibrant characters and heartbreaks.