In recent years, the literary world has seen a surge in stories that explore identity and relationships. Two of the most notable works are Bernardine Evaristo’s “Girl, Woman, Other” and Maggie Shipstead’s “Great Circle”. Both books take readers on a journey through the lives of characters who are trying to make sense of their identities and relationships.
In “Girl, Woman, Other”, Evaristo tells the story of twelve characters who are all connected in some way. Each character is unique and has their own struggles with identity and relationships. From Amma, a black lesbian playwright, to Yazz, a young Muslim woman, the characters represent a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Through their stories, Evaristo explores the complexities of identity and how it can shape our relationships.
Maggie Shipstead’s “Great Circle” also delves into the complexities of identity and relationships. The novel follows two women, Marian Graves and Hadley Baxter, as they travel across the world in search of their identities. Along the way, they encounter a variety of people who help them to understand themselves and their relationships. Through their journey, Shipstead explores themes of identity, love, and loss.
Both Bernardine Evaristo’s “Girl, Woman, Other” and Maggie Shipstead’s “Great Circle” offer readers a unique look at identity and relationships. With complex characters and thought-provoking themes, these two books are sure to leave readers with a better understanding of themselves and the people around them.