Girl, Woman, Other

Book Review

Book: Girl, Woman, Other
Author: Bernardine Evaristo
Year: 2019
Pages: 453
Synopsis:Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.

Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.”

Where do I even begin with this book? Except to express my total confusion as to why this was named joint winner of the Man Booker Prize 2019. It should have been the sole winner!

I myself, have never read something that offered so much creative styling and contained such diversity and inclusion of women, gender and sexuality. It opened my eyes up to lives that that I will never understand, and gave me more appreciation for the untold stories of Britain. It runs themes of race, sexuality and feminism seamlessly throughout and encouraged me to think wider and have more conversations with myself about what I know.

The syntax and style of the whole piece felt magical and light. I loved how much attention to detail there was to everything – the use of names, the way everyone was connected to everyone somehow and the flow of words. Each character had their own voice and personality come through so strongly.

I found it so moving, so heartfelt, so real and so raw. Even though I am privileged in many ways, some that I’m still learning about, I felt that I could connect to the women and parts of their stories. It powerfully looked at so many elements of a woman’s life – including how being a woman has changed over many different generations, but also looking at racism, abuse, trauma etc.

It felt like such a pure piece of literature! It was effortlessly amazing. I bought it for my friend before I’d even finished it, because it felt so powerful to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it will be one of my favourite novels of the year!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

-Personally, Emma

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