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Book Review: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

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Published: May 2019 by Hamish Hamilton
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 464 Pages
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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 years.

Girl, Woman, Other came to my attention because it was recently longlisted for the manbooker prize. I must say, I hope this goes on to win it. 

This is a series of interconnected short stories, all told from the point of view of women. The stories told explore a diverse range of topics such as sexuality, gender identity, sexual violence, race and much more. 

Each story is told through 12 characters and every single one so prevelant and beautifully told. So many peoples stories will be represented in this book and each is as important as the other. 

I loved how each character was somehow tied to a previous character we’d already met. Whether their lives brush briefly or they’re connected in a significant way. The fact that we would see someone from one persons POV but then actually go into that someones POV and see into their life made for a well rounded book. 

I love a book with women’s lives at the centre and this in particular was a great one. 

Thanks for reading, 
Jess X

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