"This riproaring, full-bodied riff on sex, secrecy and family is Bernardine Evaristo's seventh book. If you don't yet know her work, you should--she says things about modern Britain that no one else does."
"A brilliant study of great characters in modern London. As such--as Mr. Barrington Walker, Esq. himself might have acknowledged--it is very clever indeed."
--"Independent on Sunday" (UK)
"Fear and loathing of homosexuals has a long history in the West Indies...Bernardine Evaristo, in her funny, brave new novel, "Mr. Loverman."..explores issues of homosexuality in the British West Indies and London's West Indian diaspora community...I loved...this tender, even trailblazing novel."
--"The Spectator" (UK)
"Evaristo's second prose novel similarly transforms our often narrow perceptions of gay men in England. The familiar trope of the closet is deployed, but contested and reworked in winningly credible, moving ways...The effect is variously comical, agonizing and, ultimately, moving. Evaristo tells us of lives we imagined we knew, while rearranging much more than the furniture."
"Evaristo has a lot going on in this unusual urban romance, but beneath her careful study of race and sexuality is a beautiful love story. Not many writers could have two old men having sexual intercourse in a bedsit to a soundtrack of Shabba Ranks's 'Mr. Loverman' and save it from bad taste, much less make it sublime. But the hero of this book, and his canny creator, make everything taste just fine."
"A pacey fable about summoning both the daring and the art to live a truthful life, and her writing simply fizzes with musical energy."
--"Sunday Express" (UK)
"This poignant tragi-comedy goes some way toward exploring engrained prejudice."
--"Time Out London" (UK)
"Few writers since Hanif Kureishi have tackled the subject of homosexuality in British Asian or black culture. Evaristo's sensitively drawn narrative captures the erotic attraction between two aging lovers, while exploring the relationship of tender companionship."
--"Times Literary Supplement" (UK)
""Mr. Loverman" is hilarious, poignant, clever, controversial and courageous in equal measure. Loved, loved, loved it!"
--Dawn French, author of "Dear Fatty"
"A brave and important story...I enjoyed it enormously."
--Jonathan Kemp, author of "London Triptych"
Praise for Bernardine Evaristo:
"Evaristo is adventurous, compelling, and utterly original."
"Evaristo's skill lies in taking standard metaphorical models and twisting them in the most unusual, original, inventive ways."
--"Sunday Times" (UK)
"Bernardine Evaristo can take any story from any time and turn it into something vibrating with life."
--Ali Smith, author of "There But for The"
"A feisty, hyperactive imagination...bittersweet, riotous humor."
"Audacious genre bending, in-yer-face wit and masterly retellings of underwritten corners of history are the hallmarks of Evaristo's work."
--"New Statesman" (UK)show more