“Be a person with knowledge not just opinions.”
BERNARDINE EVARISTO, GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER
With Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo became the first Black woman to win the Booker Prize for Fiction. The novel is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity, across generations, in a group of Black British women.
Girl, Woman, Other is a polyphonic and richly textured social novel that reminds us of all that connects us to our neighbors, even in times when we are encouraged to be split apart. The twelve central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives. 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.
Named a favorite book by many from Roxane Gay to Barack Obama, Girl, Woman, Other made Evaristo an “International Writer-to-Watch” in 2019. Evaristo is the author of eight books and numerous other published and produced works that span the genres of novels, poetry, verse fiction, short fiction, essays, literary criticism, and radio and theatre drama. Her writing and projects are based around her interest in the African diaspora. Evaristo is a professor of creative writing at Brunel University London.
Vanity Fair, December 2019
NPR, November 2019
The Irish Times, November 2019
“Evaristo has a gift for appraising the lives of her characters with sympathy and grace while gently skewering some of their pretensions.”
DWIGHT GARNER, THE NEW YORK TIMES
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Monday, April 5, 2021
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