To many people – myself included – Bernardine Evaristo’s 2019 Booker Prize win for Girl, Woman, Other appeared to come out of the blue. But, as Manifesto reveals, her apparent overnight success was actually 40 years in the making. Recounting her life and career with the characteristic humor and insight that made Girl, Woman, Other such a success, Manifesto is a passionate paean to the power of persistence.
Manifesto by Bernardine Evaristo, (List Price: $27.00, 9780802158901, January 2022)
Reviewed by Jude Burke-Lewis, Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi