"Being trans wasn't about playacting an identity on a whim, it's about becoming your true self in spite of society's pressures to be otherwise."
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo is a loud, ambitious novel immersing us in a self made village of a dozen womxn and providing a nuanced perspective of the British black experience along the way. Divided into 4 chapters with 3 characters each (and a final chapter weaving the threads together), the cast is diverse in age, class, culture and sexual identity. These characters are flawed and often problematic in their self righteousness, challenging the reader to probe their discomfort.
Thought provoking without taking itself too seriously, Girl, Woman, Other strikes a balance between humor and seriousness and we ate it up! While this was a nearly unanimous favorite, the execution suffered slightly for its breadth and complexity, and the lack of conventional grammar structure may take some adjustment. All in all this is still a glowing 4.5/5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫