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. . But if I learned one thing from the book (and I learned a million), it was not to use judgmental language or toss the "alternative. Evaristo’s wit helps too.”―Dwight Garner, New York Times, “The ambition of this novel, the inventive structure and syntax, the grand scope, all make for the most absorbing book I read all year. . Evaristo’s lines are long, like Walt Whitman’s or Allen Ginsberg’s, and there are no periods at the ends of them. Unable to add item to List. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books, Black & African American Women's Fiction (Books), © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. 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. I dont think the stories are necessarily only reflective of the UK, but could be set in many countries with a diverse population that includes significant immigration from Africa, the Middle or Far East. Evaristo’s verbal acrobatics do things language shouldn’t be able to do. . There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. This is a book about women yet it is about people in general told through women. “Girl, Woman, Other” is a big, busy novel with a large root system. Loved the unique writing style employed in this novel. Excerpt from Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo, plus links to reviews, author biography & more. Penelope, the one main white character, sees clearly at the end of the novel that “England is made up of many Englands” and with this, the book ends on a note of hope reaching for unity: “This is about being/together.” Complex, astute, painful, funny, enlightening, and most of all enjoyable . This time, you won’t hear me complain about “yet another girl book”. Girl, Woman, Other is the book of the decade.”―Washington Independent Review of Books, “The novel flows seamlessly, like water, from thought to thought, character to character . . So much.”―Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie, “Hilarious, heart-breaking, and honest. Barbour, Polly. . Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. I laughed, I cried, I turned the last page fully satisfied.”―Rebecca Steinitz, Boston Globe, “A sprawling book, but too intimate to be considered an epic . ", Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2019. An elegant and compulsively readable account of the black women of England . Evaristo’s prose hums with life as characters seem to step off the page fully formed. Please try again. . This is Evaristo's eighth novel, but she has also written and published poetry, essays and literary criticism. Get 3 for the price of 2. Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2019. . . Ms. Evaristo is undeniably gifted. . Few adjectives suffice. They came alive the page. To order a copy go to or call 0330 333 6846. Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents. . Summary | Excerpt ... Chapter One Amma 1. Superlatives pale in the shadow of the monumental achievement of Girl, Woman, Other. . Bernardine Evaristo is the writer of the year. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Girl, Woman, Other ’s Epilogue focuses on Penelope’s reunion with her birth mother, Hattie. Her body of work is incredible.”―Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People, “Once again, Bernardine Evaristo reminds us she is one of Britain’s best writers, an iconic and unique voice, filled with warmth, subtly and humanity. Mind expanding.”―Philippa Perry, author of How To Be a Parent, “Bernardine Evaristo is one of those writers who should be read by everyone, everywhere. . Plumbing the many dimensions of her characters’ lives, Evaristo revels in universals and singularities alike . Wide-ranging, witty and wise, it’s a book that does new things with the novel form.”―Sunday Times, “This masterful novel is a choral love song to black womanhood.”―Elle (UK), “Evaristo is known for narratives that weave through time and place with crackling originality.

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