Girl, Woman, Other Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From one of Britain's most celebrated writers of color, Girl, Woman, Other is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity and a moving and hopeful story of an interconnected group of black British women. Winner of the 2019 Booker Prize and short-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize, Girl, Woman, Other paints a vivid portrait of the state of post-Brexit Britain, as well as looking back to the legacy of Britain's colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.
The 12 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.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 6 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 12, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #94,894 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,156 in African American Literature
#1,815 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,516 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2020
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I liked it. I have to admit, sometimes I would forget how this character was connected to the others, but the author does a good job reminding the reader. The story covers many years and the changes in social norms. It is a fun and interesting read.
The author's descriptive power kept me in the book; while there was not one character with whom I could relate, she kept me fascinated by the word rich passages; one phrase could elicit so many thoughts, ideas, questions...and she offered an education for my generation which is confused about the myriad terms that describe gender and sexual identity. I only wish there had been notes to remind me of how the different characters intersect. Yes, this book is not about me or anyone like me, or about any of my friends...but it has shown me a small slice of a world that is real, it has deepened my compassion and my gratitude, and it has encouraged me to stay engaged with a modern world which can be brutal, unjust, judgmental, racist and sexist. For those of us who do not need to war against this world every day, it is healthy and useful to look at the truth of those who do. But at the end what I remember is the incredible descriptions, apt, funny, resonating, incisive - little stories in and of themselves!
diaspora and this book did not disappoint in that regard.
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Reviewed in Mexico 🇲🇽 on February 17, 2022