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Girl, Woman, Other

Evaristo, Bernardine

  28 Reviews

Spanning a century and starting and finishing with Amma, a feminist playwright, this unique story seamlessly brings together the loosely linked lives of twelve black women in Britain. Their experiences are many and varied; from school teacher to banker, from social influencer to farmer and to cleaner, their challenges and triumphs are universal and personal.

Offering new perspectives on gender, race and privilege, this engrossing and entertaining story perfectly matches a convention defying style with its vibrant and original characters.

This title is also offered as part of the Narrative Muse Book Club. View this title on the Narrative Muse website

Pages
452
Year
2019

Reviews

NELS 084
08-08-2023
Some really enjoyed this book - about half of the group would give it 5 stars. Some felt they "should" finish it but found it challenging, especially the bits that delved further back into the past. However the different experiences of reading provoked a great discussion.
MOTUE 003
08-08-2023
It is hard to score this book as our group was down the middle. 50% loved it and found the style easy to read and would recommend it, while about 50% disliked it, didn't like the way it was written nor the content. I would suggest that it was possibly the age difference - almost a generational difference.
INVER 003
19-06-2023
Hard to get into. Didn't enjoy the style. Very confronting topics.
CHCH 552
29-05-2023
Our first BDS book - we found it chewy, challenging, edgy and gritty. There was a varied response to the book from our group, some gave it 5 stars and others gave it 2, although we all agreed it was wonderful to discuss - we talked for hours about it! We all found the second half easier to read, perhaps once we'd adjusted to the writing style.
WAIKA 003
13-04-2023
Loved the poetic writing. Wonderful insight to a diverse community and people.
WELL 183
24-03-2023
Great read - enjoyed by all. Colourful characters - and language! Really liked how it came full circle in the end.
WANAK 001
23-03-2023
Fascinating read, a little confusing in the early stages. Not enjoyed by all, but thoroughly enjoyed by some.
PALMN 016
19-12-2022
"One of the best, if not THE best, we have read for a long time". ( A comment decided on at our meeting about the book). We'd highly recommend it.
INVER 001
17-11-2022
Great book, great discussion! A couple of members found the book hard to get into, but those who read it loved it. So many interesting topics for discussion.
CHCH 396
08-11-2022
Mixed response to this book. Most of us loved it. A great read and highly recommended. The range of characters threw us all a little but we forgave the author.
NEWP 001
31-08-2022
The book was really informative and enjoyable. Engendered lots of discussion.
MANGWK 001
01-08-2022
An insightful easy read, and the style was appreciated.
TIMAR 013
28-07-2022
Lively discussion. Some members had listened to interviews with Bernadine Evaristo and found this very helpful. One reader felt this was not a Booker prize-winning book.....
WHAKA 011
27-07-2022
Unanimous - all thoroughly enjoyed this book, despite some reservations at the start!!
COROM 002
18-07-2022
A remarkable book. The content, the issues discussed, the clever interweaving of the 12 lives depicted, the beautiful command of language - it was quite an experience. The notes were excellent, and helped discussion.
NGON 002
23-06-2022
Mixed reviews. Some either didn't finish or didn't start the book, finding the style of layout, lack of capital letters and grammar too annoying. Those of who did found parts of it really good and the actual writing flowed, but parts of it were longwinded and boring.
NAP 011
23-06-2022
Absolutely loved it. Beautifully written and so clever. A few members found the writing style a little difficult to begin with, but they persisted and loved it. An all time favourite for a few members.
WANAK 009
22-04-2022
Provoked interesting discussion about the style and themes of the novel. Great read, great ideas/characters and themes.
DUNED 002
22-04-2022
Everyone loved this book - so many wonderful stories and characters, and so much to discuss.
HOKITIK 004
11-04-2022
A really mixed reaction to this, our first BDS book. More challenging to some than others with regard to punctuation - most found it easier and more enjoyable the further through they read. Some found the interconnections between characters quite complex, but visual character webs helped. Loads of discussion and different insights and points-of-view shared. All were impressed with the author's research and skill in regarding historical and current issues.
WHANG 015
28-02-2022
All our members enjoyed this book once they got used to her style of writing.
MOTUE 006
01-12-2021
We found the style refreshing without the punctuation and usual dialogue. We also enjoyed the range of characters and how they were all interconnected, though it became quite formulaic. Some parts were really funny and it was interesting to hear the stories from history. It was very insightful regarding being a coloured person and non heterosexual. Some of our group had previously read it - 1 got more out of it, and 1 enjoyed it less. Not everyone felt it was deserving of the Booker Prize, but the majority did. On the whole, it was well received. Great read.
GORE 007
27-10-2021
A mixed reaction to this book, with some enjoying it and others not so much!
NELS 042
06-09-2021
Interesting book. Lots of far-reaching discussion, especially around gender issues. Enjoyable.
QUEEN 001
27-08-2021
Wonderful book - so well written. Hilarious at times and thought-provoking. Loved the style of writing and the links between the different chapters.
GISB 005
25-08-2021
We had anticipated a difficult read but it was not too challenging at all - the writing was beautiful for the most part. It was complex for sure but all agreed the effort was well worthwhile.
NELS 042
18-08-2021
Chimed most with women who grew up in England and remembered certain places and behaviours. Led to discussion on gender reassignment and whether there is more pressure now on youg people to 'make up their mind' perhaps too early (pre puberty). Lots of interest in the choices made by Megan/Morgan. Some enjoyed the 'poetic' feel of the unpunctuated writing. One was annoyed by lack of punctuation. A high level of engagement with this book and the author and the different coping mechanisms of the women depicted.
NELS 014
06-08-2021
Good book, interesting style - will look for other books by this author.