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.
What a way to end Pride Month. This is a beautiful story of womanhood, queerness and blackness—their intersections and how the meaning of each has changed over the past century.
The way Evaristo manages to make an impact with each person’s story was just incredible to me. This is a thick book, with each chapter telling the story of someone new. It’s dense yet still gripping. Evaristo was able to make me care about each person she wrote. She also did such a good job of capturing the individual voices of each person—you could tell which generation each person was from just from the writing.
This was definitely a unique read, and I had trouble with the writing style at first, but the stories are so worth the adjustment it took.
If you’ve read this one, let me know what you thought!
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Brilliant post!! You write really well 😊 I love how you discuss girl woman other – I read it recently and it was incredible! It’s certainly interesting about the punctuation, but I totally agree that while some people don’t enjoy it, I thought it created a very unique and powerful voice. The characters were just beautiful and it inspired and educated me, and it sounds like it did to you too! Certainly one of my best books of the year. You can find my full rant on how much I loved it here 😆 https://hundredsandthousandsofbooks.blog/2022/08/23/books-that-changed-my-life-girl-woman-other-review/