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Lara: The Family Is Like Water

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This powerful and enchanting novel-in-verse, traces 2 disparate families through many generations to one girl child. Through Lara we discover the complex past and present, as she grows up in the 60s and 70s, a mixed race child in London.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Bloodaxe Books (first published January 1997)
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Tisa
Dec 23, 2007 Tisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Tisa by: Anthony Joseph
Bernadine Evaristo is wildly talented. Lara is a novel in verse, and tells the story of two young people who fall in love in 50s London. She's white; he's a Nigerian exchange student. They and each member of their family experience the nuances of exile, particularly Lara, the middle of eight bi-racial children, poetically adept, confused by assimilation demands, and desiring, more than anything, the stories of her Nigerian heritage her father represses. Stunning!
Rebecca Rouillard
Feb 02, 2014 Rebecca Rouillard rated it it was amazing
The phrase 'novel-in-verse' tends to make my heart sink, so I began reading with some reluctance. I was won over very quickly though to Bernardine Evaristo's innovative and vibrant narrative. The fragmented lyrical style perfectly suits the nature of reminiscence and evokes a haunting and moving sense of displacement.

The scope of this novel is ambitious and goes back several generations in Lara's family to reveal a variety of cultural origins that blend and swirl together to confuse Lara's own s
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Nina
Oct 31, 2012 Nina rated it really liked it
Loved this book.
Somehow when I first discovered Lara, I missed the fact that it is a novel-in-verse. I was a bit annoyed when I ordered a novel about a mixed-race girl (Nigerian father, English mother) exploring (herself through) her ancestry and received a book of poetry. Then I actually read it.
Absolutely loved it.
Lara is many stories: of how England came to be with expats from Ireland, Germany, Nigeria, etc.; how Lara's immediate family came to be; and how Lara herself came to be (in a coming
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Becky Jones
Mar 10, 2017 Becky Jones rated it it was amazing
Wow. I am amazed how powerful this book is and how much history it packs into its pages. Lara was a text for a university module on postcolonial British literature. It's novel in verse format put me off, so much so that I left it as the last text to be read on the module.
I have been so pleasantly surprised by this book and the writer's talent. The handy family tree at the beginning of the book was great as it can be hard to keep track of the many characters. I am genuinely impressed with the am
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Mar 15, 2017 Ellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bernardine Evaristo is a British writer, born in Woolwich, south east London to an English mother and Nigerian father. She has written novels in various mixes of prose and poetry; she has also written poems, radio plays, and theatre plays. Among her other honours, The Emperor's Babe was chosen as one of the Times' "100 Best Books of the Decade" and Evaristo was named a Member of the British Empire ...more
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