Girl, Woman, Other

Girl, Woman, Other

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"Girl, Woman, Other is a celebration of the diversity of Black British experience. Moving, hopeful, and inventive, this extraordinary novel is a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and 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, works hard to earn a degree from Oxford and becomes an 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 and fast-moving form that borrows from poetry, Girl, Woman, Other is a polyphonic and richly textured social novel that reminds us of everything that connects us to our neighbors, even in times when we are encouraged to be split apart"--
Publisher: New York : Black Cat, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, [2019]
Edition: First Grove Atlantic edition
ISBN: 9780802156983
0802156983
Branch Call Number: FIC EVARIST 2019
Characteristics: 452 pages ; 21 cm

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Adult Fiction. "Welcome to Britain and twelve very different people - mostly women, mostly black - who call it home. Teeming with life and crackling with energy, Girl, Woman, Other, follows them across the miles and down the years. With vivid originality, irrepressible wit and sly wisdom, Be... Read More »


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cals_shelby
Dec 02, 2019

Very good. It is long and sprawling and the visual style takes a bit of getting used to, but if you let her, Evaristo will sweep you away with the rhythm of her prose.

debwalker Nov 30, 2019

Cowinner of the Booker prize.

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BrendaCW
Nov 11, 2019

Great book! A must read!

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wendyathome
Oct 14, 2019

Booker prize winner, 2019!

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jump8999
Sep 19, 2019

booker 2019 longlist

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