A poststructurist masterpiece aiming at the heart
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The Booker Prize has been awarded to both really great novels ("Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders two years ago) and some really questionable ones ("Milkman" by Anna Burns last year). This year, two novels shared the award, and while Margaret Atwood's "The Testaments" sadly belongs to the latter category, Bernardine Evari... The Booker Prize has been awarded to both really great novels ("Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders two years ago) and some really questionable ones ("Milkman" by Anna Burns last year). This year, two novels shared the award, and while Margaret Atwood's "The Testaments" sadly belongs to the latter category, Bernardine Evaristo powerfully claims admission to the former club with "Girl, Woman, Other". It is a book about women of color in Great Britain in twelve portraits spreading roughly a century, but it's poststructurist, so it does not give out information chronologically or from a single perspective. Indeed, Evaristo makes a point of showing the same relationship or the same situation from various points of view. And yet: This is not an intellectual exercise - or a lesbian manifesto for that matter. The twelve women portrayed in somewhat short-story style - well, the eleven women portrayed as well as the one non-binary person - are richly developed characters that don't make it easy to be on anyone's side. Still, there are some favorites. Dominique, Bummi and Winsome have some of the most moving stories, but then why was it Penelope of all people who moved me to tears? A wonderful book that I'll rave some more about as soon as it is published in German in January!
Girl, Woman, Other
Winner of the Booker Prize 2019
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Give the gift of joy and hope with Booker Prize-winning Girl, Woman, Other
BRITISH BOOK AWARDS AUTHOR & FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020
THE SUNDAY TIMES 1# BESTSELLER
'The most absorbing book I read all year.' Roxane Gay
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 . . .
'[Bernardine Evaristo] is one of the very best that we have' Nikesh Shukla on Twitter
'A choral love song to black womanhood in modern Great Britain' Elle
'Beautifully interwoven stories of identity, race, womanhood, and the realities of modern Britain. The characters are so vivid, the writing is beautiful and it brims with humanity' Nicola Sturgeon on Twitter
'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
'Exceptional. You have to order it right now' Stylist
'Sparkling, inventive' Sunday Times