Girl, Woman, Other has already seen immense amounts of success for Bernardine Evaristo as the winner of The Booker Prize 2019 and the first female writer of colour to top the UK fiction paperback chart. As people work towards diversifying and decolonising their bookshelves, this seems to be a frequent favourite to start that journey. An aspect that I haven’t seen addressed as much though is the queerness present in the narrative. Various tales intertwine and reveal how LGBTQ+ identity evolves and persists throughout time, demonstrating the vantage points that occur across generations. Evaristo enlightens on the changing priorities and perspectives of LGBTQ+ moments and fairly depicts how generations struggle to relate but deeply connect. It’s a divine read that honestly depicts intersectional, queer histories to push towards greater empathy and reiterate that Black LGBTQ+ lives matter.
-Charlotte ‘Fozz’ Forrester