Sometimes life can hit you when you least expect it.... Thirty year old Zara Khoury believes in love. She believes in it so much she travels 3,400 miles by plane and 178 miles in a battered old car to be with the man she's been dating online for six months. Despite being raised in Dubai, Zara's never known where she belongs, but she's certain that uprooting her life to be with Nick is the new beginning she's been craving. Thirty-three year old Jim Glover is stuck in his life. After the death of his dad, he's forgotten his dream to become a journalist and with both his sisters living in America he made the decision to stay in Liverpool to care for his mum. Currently working on the toll booth at the Mersey Tunnel, every day feels like groundhog day; until he gets a phone call. When Zara and Jim meet head on their chance encounter begins a journey neither would have ever taken on their own. They are two incredibly different people from very different lives, but sometimes fate pushes you together for a reason... Get lost in this gorgeous tale of the unexpected. Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Marian Keyes.
Forty-one-year-old geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date before he met Rosie. Now, living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage, even if Don has had to sacrifice standardized meals and embrace unscheduled sex. But then Rosie drops the mother of all bombshells. And Don must prepare for the biggest challenge of his previously ordered life - while dodging deportation, prosecution and professional disgrace. Is Don Tillman ready to become the man he always dreamed of being? Or will he revert to his old ways and risk losing Rosie for ever?
WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE
"A must-read about modern Britain and womanhood . . . An impressive, fierce novel about the lives of black British families, their struggles, pains, laughter, longings and loves . . . Her style is passionate, razor-sharp, brimming with energy and humor. There is never a single moment of dullness in this book and the pace does not allow you to turn away from its momentum."--Booker Prize Judges
Bernardine Evaristo is the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize and the first black woman to receive this highest literary honor in the English language. 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 that paints a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and looks back to the legacy of Britain's colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.
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.