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Girl, Woman, Other

Bernardine Evaristo
2019, 452 p.

It is the opening night of The Last Amazon of Dahomey, a play written by Amma, a black woman in her fifties, who is a free spirit, a lesbian and a feminist. In the audience is Shirley, Amma's oldest friend, a school teacher who has become disappointed in a school system that no longer takes children's fluctuating needs into account. Shirley is surprised to see Carole again, one of her former pupils, who is now an investment banker and whose mother, Bummi, feels that her daughter has rejected her Nigerian culture by marrying a white English man. Meanwhile, Morgan, who used to be Megan, is there to review the play for the one million followers on her Twitter account, which was initially set up to describe her journey to a gender-free identity. Evaristo, winner of the Man Booker Prize 2019, describes the lives of twelve very different (black) women, who are all trying to become their true selves in spite of society's gender- and race-based expectations.


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