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.
Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.
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ESCAPE score: 50
This book is absolutely incredible and I loved reading it for this little book club that I have organised for my choir at university to try and spread a little bit of joy in these strange times.
The book was very character driven and that is something that can go either way for me, this time it went incredibly well and I loved to read all about the characters and their lives, plus their connection to each other. I specifically enjoyed the little epilogue as it tied up a small loose end marvellously. It was especially interesting to read about people form different backgrounds than me and to learn bout the trials that the faced either because of that background or because of the choices they made. It was just so satisfying to see everything tie together as the little connections between the people came and went.
This means that there isn’t really a plot to comment on per say but as I’ve already said I did really like how all the characters linked together and how we were able to see their lives play out from infancy to present because that is how we know why they made the choices that they did and therefore why they ended up where they did.
The writing too was simply incredible. It was simply incredible and I really loved how she was writing the stories and weaving them altogether. I can see how this book won the Booker Prize last year. Oh it is simply wonderful, and you should all read it!!
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