Girl Woman Other

Girl Woman Other[BOOKS] ✯ Girl Woman Other By Bernardine Evaristo – Joint Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2019Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood Girl Woman Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve ve Joint Winner of the Man Booker Prize Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood 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 yearsJoyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary this is a gloriously new kind of history a novel of our times celebratory ever dynamic and Girl Woman PDF or utterly irresistible.

Bernardine Evaristo is the Anglo Nigerian award winning author of several books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora past present real imagined Her novel Girl Woman Other won the Booker Prize in Her writing also spans short fiction reviews essays drama and writing for BBC radio She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London.

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  • Hardcover
  • 453 pages
  • Girl Woman Other
  • Bernardine Evaristo
  • English
  • 24 September 2014
  • 9780241364901

10 thoughts on “Girl Woman Other

  1. says:

    Magnificent novel of such grand scope and ambition This is a novel about 12 women but it is also a sweeping history of the black British experience The attention to detail the structure the syntax it’s all brilliant and moving and truly represents what fiction at its finest

  2. says:

    Now shortlisted for the Women's PrizeWinner jointly of the 2019 Booker Prize perhaps appropriately given its closing words this is about beingtogether A book I have read and loved three times so I was delighted to be present for its win and to get these photosWhen hearing the winner announcement I immediately thought of a passage very early in the book when it says Amma then spent decades on the fringe a renegade lobbing hand grenades at the establishment that excluded her until the mainstream began to absorb what was once radical and she found herself hopeful of joining it At the FoylesNew Statesman Booker Winner reading on the Thursday of the award I asked the author if she had also reflected on that passage when the announcement was made and how it applied to her own situation Her answer was that she had in fact been reflecting on it for some time including when she was completing the book but crucially that when she first started writing the book she did not think it was true for her at all she did not expect any positive reception from the mainstream as she did not think it had moved far enough or the book would be seen as topical enough However the #metoo and #blacklivesmatter movements shifted the ground significantly in her view and meant that the mainstream was ready for a black woman writing about black womenMAIN REVIEW The book is written as a series of twelve chapters each featuring a named character These characters are Black although in one case not aware British although in one case no longer thinking of themselves as such and Female although in one case no longer identifying as suchThey are however of different age sexuality and sexual identity formative experience family unit structure both parental unit and their own family unit ethnic make up ancestral origin shade region occupation cultural background class and degree of activism as well as journey along the activistconventional spectrum over timeThis is a novel of polyphony polygenetics polygenderismBut crucially it was not one that at any time I felt was a forced attempt to represent diversity but of a natural attempt to examine the core shared identity of the characters alongside their differences and their journey; and crucially an attempt to give visibility to black British women in literature The author has described the style she chose to adopt here as “fusion fiction” – a fluid form of prose poetry with a dearth of conventional sentences with capital letter openings and full stop endingsI found this style very effective – form matching content style matching theme Evaristo has always been someone who challenges convention in art as captured in Amma – the most autobiographical of the characters The fluidity of the prose enables her to range within the characters thoughts and across time and between stories and charactersThe characters are grouped in four sets of three – with clear and immediate links between the characters in each set but less obvious and emerging links between the characters in different setsThe first set has Amma a provocative theatre director her daughter Yazz studying literature at the UEA and Dominiue now based in the US but at Amma’s original partner in disrupting theatrical cultureThe second Carole who pulled herself from difficult origins via a Maths degree at Oxford to a banking job in the City Bummi her mother and La Tisha her one time schoolfriend now working in a supermarket as a young Mum of three children by three absent fathersThe third has Shirley a friend of Amma’s since school now veteran teacher whose greatest project as a teacher was Carole Shirley’s mother Winsome now retired in Barbados and Penelope a now retired colleague of Shirley’s who resented the increasing multi culturalism of their school for many years while secretly struggling with finding out on her 16th birthday she was a foundling The last has non binary MeganMorgan they are a social media influencer and activist Hattie their great grandmother a 90 something Northumberland farmer and Grace Hattie’s motherThee are only the main characters though and Evaristo also brings in the backstories of their parents their closest friends and even the parents of their closest friends She has said in an interview ”At one point I thought maybe I could have one hundred protagonists Toni Morrison has a uote ‘Try to think the unthinkable’ That’s unthinkable One hundred black women characters? How can I do that? I need a poetic form Now there are only twelve main characters” and while adopting the poetic form the novel still retains strong elements of her centurion ambitions And the backstories are important I believe in what the author is trying to achieve From the same interview ”Even though I don’t have a protagonist who’s a young teenager a lot of the characters went through that stage So you have a sense of who they were as children how they became adults and then how they are as mothers I’m deeply interested in how we become the people we are Coming from a radical feminist alternative community in my 20s and then seeing these people in their 40s and 50s I’ve seen people become extremely almost conservative establishment having lost all the free spiritedness oppositionality and rebelliousness of their younger years To me that’s fascinating When I meet young people today and they are a certain way I think ‘You don’t know who you’re going to be’ That feeds into the fiction How do we parent our children? What are our ambitions for our children? How does that link to how we were raised? How does gender play out?”Amma is perhaps also the most central character and it is in the after party on the opening night of her first play at the National Theatre “The Last of Dahomey” that the various characters and their stories converge and interact Carole as her partner is a sponsor of the National Morgan invited to review the play by tweet for exampleA final epilogue reveals a final link via an examination of hybridity of origins and finishes with the uote with which I open my reviewI found this a strong novel – there is polemic and challenge but also warmth humour and self awareness Carol’s idea of bed time reading includes “also monitoring the international news that affects market conditions the weather conditions that affect crops the terrorism that destabilizes countries the elections that effect trading agreements the natural disasters that can wipe out whole industries” which could simply not be closer to my own work related reading but she also comments “and if it isn’t related to work it’s not worth reading” which could simply not be further from my own view of literature – and a book like this is why wider reading is worthwhileAt the after party we are told a five star review has already been uploaded online from one usually savage pit bull of a critic who’s been uncharacteristically gushing astonishing moving controversial original Well as my profile picture shows I am Golden Retriever incidentally one such Humperdinck features as Penelope’s loyal companion – “always there for her always eagle for a cuddle who’ll listen to her for hours without interruption greets her as soon as she steps in the door” than savage pit bull of a critic although I have my moments but five stars from me

  3. says:

    After hearing so much about this novel a joint winner of the Booker prize I was incredibly keen to read this Bernardine Evaristo writes vibrantly of a contemporary Britain that is rarely seen challenging giving us a glimpse of its past present and future with a seamless feminist narrative that goes back and forth in time an unconventional structure poetic prose and a disregard of the normal conventions of punctuation She presents us with a broad and diverse spectrum of black women's voices all distinct from differing backgrounds ages roots class occupations families from many parts of the country and sexuality in all its forms It speaks of race living and surviving in a white dominant culture and its implications and repercussions the broad church of thinking when it comes to the definition of black and the uestions of identity I found it to be a profoundly moving beautifully written and imaginative read sensitive compassionate so human and ingenious in its portrayal and focus on the women with their obvious and not so obvious connections with each other Brilliant and so deserving of the accolades it is receiving Many thanks to Penguin UK for a copy of the book

  4. says:

    Update This predictably has won the Booker 2019 jointly And if it is the best book of the shortlist I am very happy about my decision not to spend time reading any others shortlisted this year Original reviewUnfortunately I ended up disappointed by this book though I really wanted to like it In fact it is the only book from this year Booker I’ve decided to read I’ve read two others before they were long listed It seems this book is widely admired by others But it has fallen uite short of my personal expectations The book is devoted to the lives experiences and ideas of black women in Britain It is constructed as 12 short stories superficially interconnected by the author Each story follows the life of a particular character with “grand finale” when the majority of the characters met There is also an epilogue with the moving but predictable twist The book is celebration of success of these woman which is really admirable fantastic intention But I seriously struggled with the execution of this First any individual story reads like a long read article from “The guardian” It is sketchy aspirational it might be a good journalism But I am not sure it is a good literature Sometimes the article would become almost feminist manifesto“We should celebrate with that many women are reconfiguring feminism and that grassroots activism is spreading like wildfire and millions of women are waking up to the possibility of taking ownership of our world as fully entitled human being how can we argue with that?”Wonderful but is it how two lesbian 50 years old friends talk to each other after two bottles of red wine and 4 lines of coke? I do not know But I doubt The characters are used as mouthpieces for statements like that “Her mother was unthinkingly repeating patterns of oppression based on gender”“The idea of reinventing the farm for the people who have reinvented themselves “When I want to read an article I go to the website or buy a newspaper I want something different from a book At minimum I want a complex human characters I want depth Here the diversity prevail over complexity The breadth prevails over the depth All the stories are stories of success of the self made women But sometimes I found it very hard to believe The characters overcome horrific traumas such as rape severe post tantrum depression drug addiction How do they do it? Just by the power of their will In case of drug addiction staying at home and sweating for a week cured it all It sounds very naive at best It is very good to hear such stories But it should be at least some discussion that it was a rare case of luck Without it the whole narrative becomes simply cartoonish And reading 12 articles under one cover becomes a bit tedious A lot of true but tired bits of public discourse are thrown into general mixture For example I do not need a character to repeat that a Muslim perpetrator of atrocities would be called a terrorist while the white would be called a madman Sadly I heard this one many times before Or another character would tell me that “ Gender is a social construct” and “femininity and masculinity are society inventions “ I read my “Guardian” But if someone does not I do not think shehe would be converted by seeing it first as a soundbite here The book is a bit better in the stories of the older characters It is still uite didactic but less rhetorical That feels like a relief The epilogue involving two oldest characters of 80 and 94 years old is the best part of the whole book In spite of all rhetoric the aspirations of these very diverse crowd appear to be relatively middle class the house security to keep a farm inside the family for generations certain amount of prejudice towards the others It is probably a good thing But does it make a good literature? I am not convincedWhile reading I could not but compare this book with two different recent novels of the similar topicality Zadie Smith’s “Swing time” and “The Old Drift” by Namwali Serpell The former deals with mixed raced friends growing up in London the latter is structured in very similar way 9 connected stories of predominantly female characters in Zambia I found both of these books less than perfect but successful and effective as fiction These might affect my general opinion and rating of this book This is an admirable spirit of a book feel good manifesto but it is bit too simplistic as a work of literary fiction 25 stars rounded down

  5. says:

    Polyphonic choir of women singing a song of life in dissonances and harmonies This may well be my favourite book of 2019 curing a stress related Reader's Block with instant effect Sharing is caring and Bernardine Evaristo shares life experiences that stretch a century back in time and move towards our immediate contemporary world She cares for her characters and that results in the reader caring too I found myself identifying with a bitter school teacher with a strong creative woman subdued by narcissistic abuse with a teenager rebelling against successful parents with a wallflower moving on the fringes of fashionable circles with a needy playwright with a gender fluid person of female biological origin even with an old farmer and her wish to pass on the farm to a family member I identified with girls trying to heal from traumatic teenage experiences and with women who never learned how to find their own voices in the loud orchestra of patriarchy Even though one of the main themes is being a person of colour in a world of white supremacy open or hidden depending on situation and even though I belong to the entitled privileged group of people who have a choice whether racism is a topic to be bothered with or not as opposed to those who have to live with the issue whether they like it or not as it is imposed on them by a dominant culture I strongly identified with all these characters' problems and issues with racism because their stories are told with a loving caring voice that humanises the pain and injusticeSome people me included claim that the power of writing fiction instead of fact books on relevant uestions in society lies in the fact that fiction builds a relationship between the reader and the message and that this relationship leads to empathy and a true wish for change No other book I have read recently proves that point as well as this wonderfully creative account of women in the worldPure Literature Straight to the heart

  6. says:

    Excellent novel totally deserving the Booker Prize 2019 It was also surprisingly accessible comparing it to other winners that I've read The author put me in the shoes and mind of an amazing and varied selection of black women While I did not like all of them Alma the binding character being an example I got to understand about what it iswas to be a person of colour in this world and especially in the UK The interesting structure of the novel makes the writing poetic it made me fly through the pages and could not stop reading although there wasn't too much mystery involved I wish I could write but unfortunately these weeks I do not have the time However what I wrote I did with my heart because I really fell in love with this novel and can't wait to discover of Evaristo's writing

  7. says:

    it’s easy to forget that England is made up of many Englandsa cosy scratchy patchwork of connected storiesa polyphonic harmony of dissonant voicesa hymn ancient and modern to women of coloura beautifully disorienting kaleidoscopic lensprivilegewe’re often told to check your privilege I have a privileged lifeit doesn’t always feel that way I’ve known heartbreak loss and worries about work money and healthand I’m a woman in what is still rather of a man’s worldbut I havehad two parents who loved me though not each other a good education loyal friends a loving husband an interesting though not especially remunerative job and a 25 year old I am immensely proud of I’m white straight middle class and live in a pretty country town conveniently near London and I read wonderful books like thisa downside is that geography and demographics mean my family friends and colleagues are predominantly whitethe greatest ethnic diversity I experienced was at boarding school where ironically I was one of the least privileged economicallybut this isn’t about meit’s about the characters that other authors sueeze into peripheral roles to add colour and diversity to their monotone tomesEvaristo brings them front of stage and lets them shine why I read this there is a non binary gender enby character several GR friends wrote enticing reviews I want to diversify my reading it won the Booker prize which somewhat contradicts the previous pointI knew it was about British women of colour and wondered how relatable it would bewhen my enby child gave me a copy I was additionally wary of its physical heft and minimal punctuation mixed voices with no uote marks and no full stops about the book no spoilersEvaristo's fusion fiction looks disorientingly unstructured but it's like stepping into fast flowing water immersive and startling and it took me to places I've only ever heard about the four main chapters each contain three sections one per personthe three in each chapter are directly connected but there are other looser ties to those in other chaptersyou see people and events from different viewpoints and the truth is not clearcut in the final chapter most of them come together literallyImage West African Adinkra symbols one at the top of each chapter for its main character Sourcethese women’s lives washed over me though me as the chronology ebbed and flowedthe stories are told from the point of view of each characterthey’re not narrated by them yet each has a distinct voice dialect and moodand Evaristo achieves this with very little direct speechbig issues light touchthe characters are mostly black women from 19 to 93 and several are ueerbut their struggles successes failures relationships and personalities are very variedthat subtly and unexpectedly opened the way for me to see similarities to me and my family without whitewashing or detracting from the issues women of colour invariably face let alone those additionally disadvantaged by trauma poverty illness or being gay I feel as if I have really met them and find myself wondering how we could fit in each others livesperhaps most fundamentally the stories are about identity and labels and finding one’s place and one’s people about family lost and found and about many permutations of relationships whether helped or hindered by secretsthe importance of education is also a common threadmy second “review” here lists some of the other themesit is rich enriching eye opening poetic fun tragic hopeful and yes relatable Booker Prize winner 2019this should have won the Booker outrightas an Atwood fan who’s read this and The Testaments see my review here I think the judges were wrongthis was also one of Obama’s 19 best books of 2019 hereImage collage at Penguin offices Sourceuotesan atmosphere glutinous with tensionshe became wrapped in the nightmare cocoon of person’s increasing paranoiashe started treating me like a disciple instead of a loverLiverpool Street station with its inter galactic glass and steel ceiling propped up by towering Corinthian columnsshe’s a willing orchestral player in the cacophony of London’s busiest station the anonymous convergence of commuters who are 999% genetically identical regardless of their visual packagingstretch marks looked like art and felt like Brailletwo amphibian mounds taunted her with their nipple eyesshedding layers of what had been imposed hoping to reach the core of herselfwhy wear the burden of colour to hold you back? passinga face that’s gone slack except for a mouth that holds all her misery like a drawstring tightened around a pouchscreen rights?I'm sure someone will want the screen rights for this and I'm not sure how I feel about that I liked the 12 main sections but suspect that rather than doing a 13 part series they'd want to interleave the stories as with Cloud Atlas which I reviewed here and I think that would be a shame trigger warningthere is a gang rape of a teenager that’s essential for the plotEvaristo handles it perfectly the life changing horror is plain without any graphic details her body wasn’t her ownand she who loved numbers became innumeratethe victim wonders if she was partly to blame but it’s totally clear that she is notfor details about the characters their connections and the defining events in their lives plus additional uotes see my notes in a second “review” here

  8. says:

    Winner of the Booker Prize 2019 together with The TestamentsThis panoramic polyphonic novel reflects the lives of mostly black women in Britain and its narrative approach could be described as literary docu fiction The 12 protagonists are all fictional of different ages with different cultural and social backgrounds and with different personalities and the book provides its readers with the women's condensed life stories packed with information always keeping a certain observational distance investigating their destinies like through the camera lense of a documentary filmmaker The book's characters cross paths in different ways their individual stories employed to contrast female experiences but also to parallel them and to highlight similarities and unifying factors While it is apparent why this is an important book that also gives a voice to women who freuently get overlooked in the representation of contemporary Britain I have to say that I never really warmed to this text The story tends to get buried under the intention to include an extremely wide range of ideas about what it can mean to be a woman and the author piles up characters and information when instead of even broadness a little depth would have heightened the impact Evaristo shows women as social climbers single mothers sourvivors of abuse victims of sexism and racism lovers wives widows daughters grandmothers VPs teachers cleaning women artists college students school dropouts immigrants and the children of immigrants and in many other roles but all of her characters are fighters in their very own way Usually I love polyphonic novels my favorite book of 2018 was There There which also features 12 protagonists but over long passages of Evaristo's effort I was rather bored and felt disaffected The relentlessly descriptive re tellings of whole life stories plus the additive effect of the strict enumerative structure feels exhausting we are introduced to one character after the other then there's an end where they meet and an epilogue and the narrative intent while important always remains visible this prose does not carry its readers away with emotion or urgency So all in all the chapters of this novel are reminiscient of magazine articles about diverse women in Britain pretty good magazine articles but is this great literary fiction? The topic is certainly worthwhile but this book did not convince me

  9. says:

    VIDEO IS UPOkay folks I had some time to think about it so here's goes nothing The I reminisce about this particular book the I cannot shake the feeling that this simply ain't it I'm sorry If this is the best what Britain has to offer at the moment the situation is grave than I initially thought Uff Where do we even start here? The book has no overarching story Instead each chapter of the book follows the life of one of the 12 characters mostly Black women as they negotiate the world Although each character has their own chapter set across a particular time their lives intertwine in numerous ways – from friends and relatives to chance acuaintancesSo chapter one starts with Amma a middle aged politically engaged lesbian theatre maker whose latest play is about to be staged at the National Theatre Next is her daughter Yazz a super annoying self righteous undergraduate who hangs with a group of similarly assertive female pals who agree that the older generation has RUINED EVERYTHING and her generation is doomed unless they wrest intellectual control from their elders sooner rather than later EXCUSE ME?And then there's Dominiue Amma's great friend and long time collaborator who falls for a controlling radical feminist and is lured into moving to America The following three chapters continue the same pattern with occasional stories overlapping to a greater or lesser extent with those earlier in the book For a novel with so many different characters it is astounding that I absolutely cared about none of them I disliked all of them All of these womxn are full of themselves downright annoying and simply haven't gotten their priorities straight If there's one thing one must take away from Evaristo's novel it's that all a woman wants in life is being with another woman or a man All of these characters are so preoccupied with their relationships and sex it's fucking ridiculous Like I'm so confused??? Why do you write 12 different character portraits and then mostly focus on the sexual side of things like that's so boring??? Who even cares??? There comes a point in this narrative where you’d rather settle into the characters you’ve met than be introduced to still new ones You begin to feel you are always between terminals at a very large airportThe narrative needed to develop and deepen – to flesh out what has gone before to draw the reader into the world the characters inhabit Clearly Evaristo didn't live up to what she set out to do and so everything remained on the surface level Instead of building the story and developing the protagonists and their relationships we are given yet another batch of brief biographies all of which are okay in isolation but they are too much and uite frankly unnecessary in the context of the wholeThe lively introductory profiles fail to evolve into complex character studies the net effect of which is a growing sense of superficiality Evaristo does attempt to add drama and three dimensionality by way of chapter connecting plot devices but the set ups are too obvious and the pay off fails to appear Especially towards the end Girl Woman Other becomes monotonous a tad formulaic and very predictableI know that this form – character vignettes that make up a whole novel – is incredibly hard to pull off but it is definitely possible and so I want to give you some recommendations of author's who have done it so much better Gloria Naylor is basically the ueen of this form and I can highly recommend Bailey's Café or The Women of Brewster Place Both narratives are incredibly well written and deal with the experiences emotional traumas and the persistence of Black women in the US Another writer who never fails to amaze me when it comes to writing about the human condition is the French playwright Yasmina Reza her coral novel Heureux les heureux is nothing short of amazing and a cynical insolent and sometimes hilarious dissection of the human soul Even Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing and Jean Toomer's Cane albeit they have their flaws have done it so much betterWhat all of the novels above have in common is the fact that they managed to unfold multiple variations in which the reader clearly distinguishes the voice of each protagonist These are novels in which a dichotomy between main and side characters doesn't exist In Girl Woman Other everything seems to center around the character of Amma That doesn't make any sense And above all it makes the narrative repetitive and predictable The novels above showcase a net of complexity and interweavement that Girl Woman Other can only dream about Girl Woman Other leaves you frustrated – too many starters without a truly satisfying main course We are denied the chance of getting to know the characters better Further Evaristo’s novel shoulders some weighty themes — racism immigrant experience the increasingly fluid borders of gender and sexuality the patriarchy — and it often feels overburdened by themI couldn't shake the feeling that all of Evaristo's characters were reduced to mouthpieces for a popular debate or the identity that they were supposed to represent We get the artsy Anglo African playwright the hipster uestioning transgender identities; and here's a separatist lesbian for good measure The characters throw phrases around such as gender is a social construct femininity and masculinity are society's inventions in any case ageing is nothing to be ashamed of – and that's all nice and swell but where's the depth to that?I'm sorry but the writing felt way too artificial for me None of these characters were real Amma and her best friend have seemingly profound conversations about reconfiguring feminism when they literally have just snorted four lines of coke and drank two bottles of red wine Like are you kidding me?? How stupid do you think I am?? Who's supposed to be buying this? On top of that some of the passages are just truly horrific displays of bad writing in which Evaristo truly rivals Rupi Kaur eg she tried boys a couple of times they enjoyed it she endured it There is sometimes the sense that Evaristo loves all of her sentences a little bit but few of them uite enough This essentially plotless novel grows longer but it does not always appear to grow richerThere were passages of such bad writing in here – Yazz doesn’t know what to say when did Court read Roxane Gay – who’s amaaaaazing? was this a student outwitting the master? #whitegirltrumpsblackgirl – that I really started loosing my faith in humanity and not just contemporary British writing When a character was raped it was referred to as having had her virginity stolen UMM HOW ABOUT WE DON'T CALL IT THAT WHEN A MINOR WAS LITERALLY RAPED BY HER FATHER IN LAW??? When a character had to prostitute herself to ensure her daughter's education she said she was now a business woman this was her first transaction I don't know about you but I find these choices rather appalling and cringey to say the least #notafan #dontusehastagsinliterature #fortheloveofgodEvaristo truly did her young characters dirty I have rarely seen such an inauthentic portrayal of our current culture and how young people navigate in it The woke self righteousness of present day Yazz who is describing herself as part ’90s Goth part post hip hop part slutty ho part alien and her multicultural uni suad the Unfuckwithables don’t get me started on that one is a little too authentically trying to be even remotely believable Her entire character is a joke But even the older characters aren't likeable due to their unhealthy obsession with sex and being in a relationship At one point a MOTHER'S REACTION to seeing her daughter's boyfriend for the FIRST TIME is that she wanted to run her hands all over him massage his balls feel him harden at her touch???? What the fuck is wrong with you??? I'm sorry Have you ever looked at a person for the first time in your life and thought to yourself DAMN I REALLY WANNA MASSAGE HIS BALLS???? I am confusion And as another reviewer pointed out the characters overcome horrific traumas such as gang rape severe postpartum depression and drug addiction And how do they do that? Just by the power of their will It's ridiculous There is absolutely no depth or believability to their journey of healing and finding their will to live again For example in the case of severe drug addiction the character simply stays at home for a week and then is magically cured Excuse me? So at the end of the day I don't know why I rated this even two stars Maybe because I found a few of the explorations of the intersections between gender and race and across the generations eg I haven’t suffered not really my mother and grandmother suffered because they lost their loved ones and their homeland whereas my suffering is mainly in my head uite interesting and engaging and even though the epilogue runs the risk of feeling gimicky it has some uality to it and drives home the overarching point Evaristo was trying to make that we're in this together – so yeah it's not ALL bad But it mostly is #sorrynotsorry

  10. says:

    Girl Woman Other started off so well for me I absolutely adored the first triptych of stories about two ueer creative women of color and the college age daughter of one of them I loved the characters and I loved the writing style and I was excited to keep going Eventually though the sameness of the tone and style began to frustrate me and the stories began to feel a bit like checking off boxes Here is the immigrant experience here is the experience of a devotee of white feminism here is a lecture y tale of a nonbinary person here are so so many stories of mediocre marriages I seriously considered DNFing at least once But the chapter on the party was pretty fun and the epilogue made me see that there were connections among the characters than I'd realized I considered giving this four stars but ultimately it just wasn't a fully satisfying reading experience for me I appreciate this novel's intentions and I'm happy it won the Booker; if you think it sounds interesting I urge you to give it a try I'm sad I can't join this book's many cheering fans but I'm glad I tried it and I wish it the best out there in the world

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