Girl Woman Other is simply one of the best novels I’ve ever read. Written from several different overlapping Black female perspectives in the UK, it is funny, scathingly intelligent, compulsively readable, and so good it inspires you to make art immediately. I May Destroy You also centers on a Black woman in Great Britain, and is similarly defiant of formulaic boxes. Both works are about making art, sex, gender, Black female identity, and the way we think and communicate in this ever-speedy era. If you haven’t read this book or seen this show, you’re missing out on the cutting edge of what good writing is capable of, executed at its highest and most-timely level. Both works are personal and political, tight and epic, and enthrall you into truly new ways of telling stories. You adapt to their unique voice — not the other way around — and emerge transformed.
Girl Woman Other quote: “…especially when she expressed herself frankly which, as a liberated woman to a liberated man, should have been quite acceptable let’s find out what’s prompting this negative behaviour, shall we? he’d ask, leaning forward in his chair, the half-eaten dinner on the dining table between them, staring so deeply into her eyes she felt, how to describe it? psychologically raped, yes, that was it.”
I May Destroy You quote: “I say ‘There are hungry children, there are hungry children, there are hungry children. There’s a war in Syria, there’s a war in Syria, there’s a war in Syria.’ Or ‘Not everyone has a smartphone, not everyone has a smartphone, not everyone has a smartphone.’ To remind myself of the bigger picture.”