Imaginez un choeur polyphonique réunissant douze femmes dont un homme trans, âgées de 19 à 93 ans, presque toutes noires, chantant leur(s) expérience(s) britannique(s) dans une scénographie multipliant décors et points de vue de Newcastle à Cornwall en passant par Londres et dans une chronologie s'étendant du XXe siècle aux trébuchements d'un XXIe siècle remodelé par les mouve-ments #metoo et #Blacklivesmatter. Cela donne Fille, Femme, autre, un roman-fusion époustouflant où, comme le soutien-gorge en son temps, la ponctuation a été allègrement jetée par la fenêtre. Son auteure, Bernardine Evaristo, a raflé comme une tornade dans son passage tous les honneurs dont le Man Booker Prize 2019 devenant ainsi la première femme noire à recevoir le prestigieux prix. C'est l'histoire entremêlée d'Amma, Yazz, Dominique, Carole, Bummi , LaTisha, Shirley, Winsome, Penelope, Megan/Morgan, Hattie et Grace et d'autres encore. Chacune d'elles cherche un avenir, une maison, l'amour, une mère absente, un père perdu, une identité, un genre - il, elle, iel - une existence, et au passage, le bonheur. Toutes ont traversé l'espace et le temps - pour atterrir au coeur de l'Angleterre, carrefour historique des migrations et échouer aux confins éternellement figés des castes britanniques. Femmes invisibles dans la société anglaise, elles prennent corps et âmes sous la plume libre et libératrice d'une auteure, poète, dramaturge qui, avec ce huitième roman, signe une oeuvre d'une grande vitalité.
Teeming with life and crackling with energy - a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood 'Astonishing. How she can speak through twelve different people and give them each such distinct and vibrant voices? I loved it. So much' Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie 'Didn't think I could love a Bernardine Evaristo novel more than The Emperor's Babe but with Girl, Woman, Other she might just have outdone herself' Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People 'Bernardine Evaristo can take any story from any time and turn it into something vibrating with life' Ali Smith, author of How to be both 'Witty, exhilarating and wise... Once again, Bernardine Evaristo reminds us she is one of Britain's best writers' Nikesh Shukla 'Exceptional. Ambitious, flowing and all-encompassing, an offbeat narrative that'll leave your mind in an invigorated whirl... You have to order it right now' Stylist 'At turns funny and sad, tender and true, this book deserves to win awards' Red Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.
Teeming with life and crackling with energy - a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood 'Bernardine Evaristo is one of those writers who should be read by everyone, everywhere. Her tales marry down-to-earth characters with engrossing story lines about identity, and the UK of today' Elif Shafak 'Evaristo's books are always exciting, always subversive, a reminder of the boundless possibilities of literature and the great worth in reaching for them. Her body of work is incredible' Diana Evans 'Witty, exhilarating and wise... Once again, Bernardine Evaristo reminds us she is one of Britain's best writers, an iconic and unique voice, filled with warmth, subtly and humanity. Exceptional' Nikesh Shukla Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible. 'If you don't yet know her work, you should - she says things about modern Britain that no one else does' Maggie Gee, Guardian
The powerful, urgent manifesto on never giving up from Booker prize-winning trailblazer, Bernardine Evaristobr>br>Bernardine Evaristo''s 2019 Booker win - the first by a Black woman - was a revolutionary moment both for British culture and for her. After three decades as a trailblazing writer, teacher and activist, she moved from the margins to centre stage, taking her place in the spotlight at last. Her journey was a long one, but she made it, and she made history. br>br>MANIFESTO is Bernardine Evaristo''s intimate and inspirational, no-holds-barred account of how she did it, refusing to let any barriers stand in her way. She charts her creative rebellion against the mainstream and her life-long commitment to the imaginative exploration of ''untold'' stories. And drawing deeply on her own experiences, she offers a vital contribution to current conversations around social issues such as race, class, feminism, sexuality and aging. br>br>This is a unique book about staying true to yourself and to your vision. It''s about how to be unstoppable - in your craft, your work, your life. It is Bernardine Evaristo''s manifesto for never giving up.br>br>''Bernardine Evaristo is one of those writers who should be read by everyone, everywhere.'' Elif Shafakbr>br>''Bernardine Evaristo is one of Britain''s best writers, an iconic and unique voice, filled with warmth, subtlety and humanity. Exceptional'' Nikesh Shuklabr>br>''Bernardine Evaristo is the most daring, imaginative and innovative of writers'' Inua Ellams>