Girl Woman Other – Bernardine Evaristo
I really, really enjoyed this Girl Woman Other.
And it’s definitely one of the more unique books I’ve ever read. It’s the story of twelve British people, all with very different stories to tell, but their lives are all intertwined one way or another.
I have to say that it did take me a while to get used to the writing style of Girl Woman Other. The fact that there were no full stops throughout it did make reading the first couple of chapters a little disjointed, but once I stopped focussing on the fact that there were no full stops I settled into a rhythm and really enjoyed it. The writing ended up being one of my favourites, so I will definitely be buying her other books. If they are even half as good as Girl, Woman, Other, they will still be nothing short of amazing.
Naturally, when it comes to reading so many different voices and stories, you’re going to end up having a few favorites and a few that you don’t like. I really enjoyed reading Dominique’s story as well as Carole and LaTisha. These are the ones that really stood out to me. Dominique’s because it was so different than the rest of the stories and Carole and LaTisha’s because it was interesting to see how these two lives went in such different paths despite starting in the same place.
It was, without a doubt, one of the most diverse books I’ve ever read. I’d never read any gender/queer voices before so it was really nice to read Morgan’s story and it’s inspired me to read a wider variety of voices.
This is a book that I keep on thinking about, and one that I think is going to stay with me for a long time.