I started Girl, Woman, Other on the morning of the day it was announced as one of two Booker prize winners this year. Nonetheless, Evaristo has put together a cleverly intertwined collection of stories that reflects the lives of Black female & non-binary characters in modern England.
Many thanks to Penguin UK for a copy of the book. Magnificent novel of such grand scope and ambition. There's a lot packed in this book, with race and gender discriminaton being the most dominant themes of the book. Where she is powerful. It follows the lives of 12 characters in the United Kingdom over the course of several decades. It may also be a book I forget the details of over time but will hold fondly as a unique, enjoyable reading experience and would likely lend itself well to a re-read down the road! Join today for full access. The book was the co-winner of the 2019 Booker Prize alongside Margaret Atwood's The Testaments, and has since received twenty-five Book of the Year and Decade honours, alongside recognition as one of Barack Obama's Top 19 Books for 2019 and Roxane Gay's Favourite Book of 2019. Nov 2019, 464 pages, Book Reviewed by:Elisabeth Cook
I found it to be a profoundly moving, beautifully written and imaginative read, sensitive, compassionate, so human and ingenious in its portrayal and focus on the women, with their obvious and not so obvious connections with each other. We’d love your help. Would love to take a listen to all these artists! Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Bernardine Evaristo writes vibrantly of a contemporary Britain that is rarely seen, challenging, giving us a glimpse of its past, present and future, with a seamless feminist narrative that goes back and forth in time, an unconventional structure, poetic prose, and a disregard of the normal conventions of punctuation. Evaristo tells the story of 14 interconnected characters — primarily women of colour in Englan. I truly didn’t know anything about this beyond that it won (or rather, oddly, tied) for the 2019 Booker Prize with Atwood’s The Testaments — after finishing this one...how?? It’s quite an ambitious novel but manages to pull it off with ease. It’s quite an ambitious novel but manages to pull it off with ease. I was vaguely aware it had been nominated and had no idea it was going to win that day. So many of the line breaks cut me in hal. Told in four trios of what some have called short stories (though I would not necessarily agree with that assessment), Evaristo has written a snapshot of Britain in a way that I have not read before. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself. I snuck one more book in from the Booker Prize shortlist before it is awarded tonight. ―Booker Prize citation. BookBrowse Note: This excerpt has been reproduced as close to the layout of the print version of Girl, Woman, Other as BookBrowse's format allows (our page width is slightly narrower than that of the printed book). Characters' speech, ruminations and backstories blend together naturally, proceeding in a version of the off-the-cuff style many of us write in daily as we text or tweet messages that roll out by their own logic, making complete sense to us even if they don't follow traditional formatting. Where she is green with youth, and serenely and sagaciously aged. Instead, it chooses motion over stagnation, self-awareness over denial. I absolutely loved it. Return to Gilead with Jack, the instant New York Times bestseller. Praise for Girl, Woman, Other: NATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019 Named One of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2019 Named Roxane Gay’s Favorite Book of 2019 Named Author of the Year by the British Book Awards Winner of the Indie Book Award for Fiction (UK) Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Gordon Burn Prize, a Publishing Triangle Award, the Goldsboro … Where she is weak with shame and doubt and yet seen in all her profundity, in all her kink and insecurity, her hidden pain and the nightmare of oppression and shouldering it all, maintaining dignity and grace and beauty. Where she is womanloving. Where she is elemental. Be it gay, straight, single, married, transgender, vegan, feminist, young, old, eating, smoking, sleeping, sexing, drug using, radically living, liberal or conservative thinking, housecleaning, chef, voodoo queen, minorities, divine beings, social issues, gender and race issues, mother, daughter, goddess, dirt poor or not, friendships, lovers, thespian, educated or not, etc. The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girlsby Ursula Hegi, Set on a German island in 1878, perfect for fans of Water for Elephants. 2) Which character in the text has the greatest sense of ‘entitlement’? I learned a lot from this novel without feeling like Bernardine Evaristo tried at all to lecture me.
“be a person with knowledge not just opinions”, “gender is one of the biggest lies of our civilization”, Orwell Prize Nominee for Political Fiction for Shortlist (2020), Women's Prize for Fiction Nominee for Shortlist (2020), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2019), For those who 'eye' read the book, did you think the unconventional punctuation served a worthwhile purpose? Girl, Woman, Other is the eighth novel written by Bernardine Evaristo, published in 2019 by Hamish Hamilton. Readalikes |
I learned a lot from this novel without feeling like Bernardine Evaristo tried at all to lecture me. The characters also range in their emotional status, as some embody a cynical and disillusioned perspective whereas others carry a more yearning fire for change within their own lives and/or within the world overall. It feels original and contemporary, while delivering great characters and good storytelling. I was vaguely aware it had been nominated and had no idea it was going to win that day. So many of the line breaks cut me in half, too. Called forth from that bottomless wellspring of black womanhood. I truly didn’t know anything about this beyond that it won (or rather, oddly, tied) for the 2019 Booker Prize with Atwood’s The Testaments — after finishing this one...how?? 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. Information at BookBrowse.com is published with the permission of the copyright holder or their agent.