Upcoming Event

Bernardine Evaristo

presents

Girl, Woman, Other:
A Novel

This event includes a book signing

Date

Mar
25
Wednesday
March 25, 2020
6:30 PM

Location

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is proud to welcome celebrated novelist BERNARDINE EVARISTO for a discussion of her Booker Prize–winning novel, Girl, Woman, Other

About Girl, Woman, Other

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.

Praise for Girl, Woman, Other

“There is an astonishing uniqueness to Bernardine Evaristo’s writing, but especially showcased in Girl, Woman, Other. How she can speak through twelve different people and give them each such distinct and vibrant voices is astonishing. I loved it. So much.” —Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie

“Hilarious, heart-breaking, and honest. Generations of women and the people they have loved and unloved—the complexities of race, sex, gender, politics, friendship, love, fear and regret. The complications of success, the difficulties of intimacy. I truly haven’t enjoyed reading a book in so long.”—Warsan Shire, author of Teaching My Grandmother How to Give Birth

“Bernardine Evaristo is one of those writers who should be read by everyone, everywhere. Her tales marry down-to-earth characters with engrossing storylines about the UK today.” —Elif Shafak, author of Three Daughters of Eve

Bernardine Evaristo
Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo

Anglo-Nigerian writer Bernardine Evaristo is the celebrated author of eight books, including the Booker Prize winning Girl, Woman, Other. Her writing is characterized by experimentation, 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.

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

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