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Publisher Description


“A must-read about modern Britain and womanhood . . . An impressive, fierce novel about the lives of black British families, their struggles, pains, laughter, longings and loves . . . Her style is passionate, razor-sharp, brimming with energy and humor. There is never a single moment of dullness in this book and the pace does not allow you to turn away from its momentum.”—Booker Prize Judges

Bernardine Evaristo is the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize and the first black woman to receive this highest literary honor in the English language. Girl, Woman, Other is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity and a moving and hopeful story of an interconnected group of Black British women that paints a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and looks back to the legacy of Britain’s colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.

The twelve central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives: Amma is a newly acclaimed playwright whose work often explores her Black lesbian identity; her old friend Shirley is a teacher, jaded after decades of work in London’s funding-deprived schools; Carole, one of Shirley’s former students, is a successful investment banker; Carole’s mother Bummi works as a cleaner and worries about her daughter’s lack of rootedness despite her obvious achievements. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, these unforgettable characters also intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class.

Sparklingly witty and filled with emotion, centering voices we often see othered, and written in an innovative fast-moving form that borrows technique from poetry, Girl, Woman, Other is a polyphonic and richly textured social novel that shows a side of Britain we rarely see, one that reminds us of all that connects us to our neighbors, even in times when we are encouraged to be split apart.

Fiction & Literature
November 5
Grove Atlantic
Perseus Books, LLC

Customer Reviews

DovePicasso ,

Redefining the novel

So much information is crammed into this busy book. At times the prose was a little too precious and more like a long poem. I liked the chapter focus on one person at a time. Yet the novel lacked a string to hold all the characters’ stories together. Rather, it was a fleeting glimpse into their lives and I was left longing for more depth.

dr.karma ,

Can’t download yet? (Dec 1 2019)

I preordered this book in early November (a day or two before it was “Published”). Now when I view it here in the Store it shows up as “Purchased”, but the download/get button is grayed out. I’m trying to figure out if my purchase is somehow in limbo, or if it is just not yet available for download. Has anyone else been able to download this yet? Or, can anyone else provide me with some info that might help me understand what’s going on? Thans in advance.

Unhappy Southern Cali Lady ,

Girl, Woman, Other

Pre ordered but can’t down load!! NOT HAPPY! 😠

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