Book recommendation: Girl, Women, Other

15 May 2020 | Culture

Book recommendation: Girl, Women, Other

By Alex Forsyth

If you’ve not had the chance to read, ‘Girl, Women, Other’ by Bernardine Evaristo, I highly recommend it! This collection of short stories is told from the perspective of (mostly) black women with wildly varying politic beliefs, faiths, gender identities, sexual orientations, age and class.

It’s like nothing I’ve read before. I’ll admit it took me a few attempts, since Bernardine Evaristo chose to abandon standard punctuation and opt for a rhythmic style, but once I got into it, I really saw how this approach helped build the pace throughout and enhanced the storytelling.

While I often gravitate towards books written by female authors, I found it really eye-opening to see the world through these characters’ eyes, because their experiences are so different to my own. It really reminded me of the importance of embracing different narratives and expanding my own point of view.

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