Book Talk: Bernardine Evaristo discusses ‘Girl, Woman, Other’
What Booker Prize judges said about her book: “An impressive, fierce novel about the lives of black British families.”
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Girl, Woman, Other is the eighth novel written by Bernardine Evaristo
Join us to hear Bernardine Evaristo discuss her Booker Prize-winning novel Girl, Woman, Other, which the Booker Prize judges said was “An impressive, fierce novel about the lives of black British families.” This kaleidoscopic, multi-voiced story explores the intersections of identity, paints a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain, and looks back to the legacy of Britain’s colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Bernardine Evaristo is the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize and the first black woman to receive this highest literary honor in the English language. Girl, Woman, Other is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity and a moving and hopeful story of an interconnected group of Black British women that paints a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and looks back to the legacy of Britain’s colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.
The twelve central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives: Amma is a newly acclaimed playwright whose work often explores her Black lesbian identity; her old friend Shirley is a teacher, jaded after decades of work in London’s funding-deprived schools; Carole, one of Shirley’s former students, is a successful investment banker; Carole’s mother Bummi works as a cleaner and worries about her daughter’s lack of rootedness despite her obvious achievements. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, these unforgettable characters also intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class.
Sparklingly witty and filled with emotion, centering voices we often see othered, and written in an innovative fast-moving form that borrows technique from poetry, Girl, Woman, Other is a polyphonic and richly textured social novel that shows a side of Britain we rarely see, one that reminds us of all that connects us to our neighbors, even in times when we are encouraged to be split apart.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Anglo-Nigerian writer Bernardine Evaristo is the celebrated author of eight books and the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize. Her writing is characterized by experimentation, daring, subversion, and challenging the myths of various Afro-diasporic histories and identities, and her books range in genre from poetry to short story to drama to criticism. She lives in London.