37 pages 1 hour read

Bernardine Evaristo

Girl, Woman, Other

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2019

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Before You Read

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Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo interweaves the lives of mainly Black, British women across generations, exploring themes of family, love, loss, identity, and diaspora. Using an experimental, poetic form, the novel follows characters like queer theater director Amma Bonsu, successful banker Carole, schoolteacher Shirley King, and non-binary Morgan, culminating in a reunion that challenges long-held prejudices. The narrative also addresses anti-gay prejudice, racism, domestic abuse, and violence.

Reviews & Readership

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Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo is celebrated for its intricate tapestry of diverse voices, showcasing the intersectionality of black British womanhood. Critics praise its innovative narrative structure and rich character development. However, some readers find the lack of traditional punctuation challenging. Overall, it's a poignant, boundary-pushing novel that resonates.

Who should read this

Who Should Read Girl, Woman, Other?

Readers who enjoy multifaceted narratives and diverse perspectives, like those found in Zadie Smith's White Teeth or Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun, will appreciate Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other. Ideal for those looking for rich, interwoven stories about identity, gender, and the African diaspora.

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Book Details


Gender / Feminism

Race / Racism



Realistic Fiction


Relationships: Family