Written By: Bernardine Evaristo
Narrated By: Anna-Maria Nabirye
Date: May 2019
Duration: 11 hours 7 minutes
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Girl, Woman, Other: WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019 Summary
This is Britain as you’ve never read 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
‘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.’ 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
‘Exceptional. You have to order it right now’ Stylist
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Reviews
Girl, Woman, Other is a joy. It’s a celebration of black women’s voices – old and young, gay and straight and non-binary, embittered and hopeful, rich and poor – without ever becoming pedantic. And this book is something more: it takes the feminine archetypes (lover, maiden, mother, queen-bee, huntress, sage) and turns them on their ear, creating something totally original.
There is Amma, whom the author says is loosely based on herself, a lesbian socialist playwright who is about to stage the culmination of her life’s work and her daughter Yazz and her squad of university friends who is trying to figure it all out. There is Dominique, a beautiful black woman who falls under the spell of a gorgeous, charismatic, and African-American woman who browbeats her to give up her independence and submit completely.
There’s Shirley, a teacher who simply (or not so simply) wants to give kids a fighting chance and her sensually-starved mother, who may very well be one of the most toxic mothers in recent literature. There’s non-binary Megan/Morgan, who builds her identity through the Internet and her great-grandmother Hattie (GG) a strong 93-year-old survivor who is harboring a secret. And there’s HER mother, Grace, who “won the lottery” by marrying a wealthy farm owner and who struggles for quite a while with infertility. And that’s just for starters.
This harmony of women’s voices—a cross-section of black British women—deals with everything from mother-daughter relationships, incest-of-sorts, power struggles, yearning for love, assimilation with white partners, and far more. As the novel progresses, the women become interrelated and interconnected in unexpected ways. And always, Bernardine Evaristo’s luscious prose – actually, a hybrid between prose and poetry – serves as the foundation for the story.
The result is downright exhilarating. In a fair world, Girl, Woman, Other should have been the sole recipient of this year’s Booker Prize. It is, quite simply, why we read.
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