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Girl, Woman, Other

Narrated by: Anna-Maria Nabirye
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Fiction, African-American
4.5 out of 5 stars (65 ratings)

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From one of Britain's most celebrated writers of color, 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. Winner of the 2019 Booker Prize and short-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize, Girl, Woman, Other paints a vivid portrait of the state of post-Brexit Britain, as well as looking back to the legacy of Britain's colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.

The 12 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.

©2019 Bernardine Evaristo (P)2019 by Blackstone Publishing

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absolutely amazing

The narration was great but the story was absolutely perfect. I couldn't stop till the end.

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  • 12-07-19

Intriguing book

Often you come across a book you've enjoyed so much; it doesn't demand an intricate review to assure you of its greatness. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo was a brilliant, educational, and emotive read. The reader will laugh and cry, all while examining the unsettling knottiness of being a woman.

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Too. Many. Characters. Hard to follow

Okay. I get what she was trying to do. We are all connected somehow. Liked the social commentary on gender and race for sure. However, she has wayyyyy too many characters and doesn’t finish off connections which makes it hard to follow and you disconnect. Couldn’t even enjoy the ending cuz I couldn’t remember everything. If you read this, take notes of who is who along the way.

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Wow

I loved this book. The author’s storytelling was brilliant. I would listen to this book again!