Girl, Woman, Other – Book Review

Book : Girl, Woman, Other

Author : Bernadine Evaristo

Publisher : Grove Press

Release date : 5th November, 2019


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.


I have read books with female central characters but none were like this book.

Most female-centric fictions overdo stuff. Nowadays there is a trend of making a super-heroine out of every female protagonist – all-powerful, flawless, invincible.

This book stands out. The characters are flawed, feeble, brave and powerful all at the same time. The book taught me so much more about womanhood, sexual-identity, and social standing compared to my life till now.

I know so less about the LGBTQ community, this book gives the readers a sneak peak into black LGBTQ community – episodes sans spices, full reality.

Deficiency in punctuation gives a poetic reading experience to some extent. However, there were instances that were a bit difficult to read.

It was an exotic experience. I’m glad I got to read and review this masterpiece.

Rating : 4.5/5 🌟

P.S. I had received a digital review copy from the publisher through NetGalley. Thank you NetGalley and Grove Press.

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