Girl, Woman, Other

A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)

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Publisher Description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE

“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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2019
November 5
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
464
Pages
PUBLISHER
Grove Atlantic
SELLER
Perseus Books, LLC
SIZE
7.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Richard Bakare ,

Kinfolk, Skin-folk, and Other Ties

This one goes in a bit of every direction. Fitting since a big portion of it artfully presents the fluidity of Gender, Identity, and Sexuality across many years and intersecting lives. This novel brings together an orchestral ensemble of varying viewpoints, experiences, and voices. It is alarmingly impressive how Evaristo can give stage to so many distinct voices and characters.

Evaristo simultaneously guides us through the multitude of identity politics and ideology while also illuminating its limits. The sometimes relentless pursuit to atomic level divisions that separate us from those we would ascribe as kinfolk. Necessary identifying groupings that at the same time could hide even the blood connections that tie us to something larger.

I really enjoyed the ping pong narrative technique that moves the story through time from multiple perspectives. A refreshing and engaging approach to storytelling. The storytelling style also serves the purpose of spotlighting individual experiences without becoming disorienting as the book progresses. Packed with a generous serving of subplots and through lines, this book has something for everybody.

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.

Gargoyle3000 ,

Loved this book!

Upbeat, hopeful, smart.

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