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Roxane Gay’s favorite book of 2019 was Girl, Woman, Other.

Corinne Segal

February 6, 2020, 11:40am

From the fog of a so-far-extremely-cursed 2020, do you even remember 2019 anymore? The albino panda? 30 to 50 feral hogs? The US women’s national soccer team at the World Cup? What else even happened? Roxane Gay is here to remind us with this recap, which also lists her favorite books of the year. (We can only presume she wrote this immediately after beating Janelle Monáe and her crew at Rummikub.)

At the top of her list of favorites was Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. Gay wrote:

This novel is a master class in storytelling. It is absolutely unforgettable. When I turned the final page, I felt the ache of having to leave the world Evaristo created but I also felt the excitement of getting to read the book all over again. It should have won the Booker alone. It deserves all the awards and then some.

Her second favorite book was Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky. Other picks included In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado, How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones, and The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. Check out the full list here.

[via Gay Mag]

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