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Mr. Loverman
Mr. Loverman | Bernardine Evaristo
Barrington Jedidiah Walker is 74 and leads a double life. A flamboyant, wisecracking character with a dapper taste in retro suits and a fondness for Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father, grandfatherand also secretly gay, lovers with his childhood friend, Morris. With an abundance of laugh-out-loud humor and wit, Evaristo explodes cultural myths and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves. Simultaneous.
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Evita
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Tamra
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Lots of humor here and a lesson about living your authentic self. I recommend the audio because the Caribbean accents of the narrators in conjunction with the dialect make the story come alive.

The “speaky spoke” line made me laugh out loud!

It‘s a bit morally thorny. 😏

Cathythoughts Sounds good. I still haven‘t read her Booker prize book which is sitting on my shelf .... 5mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts which is that? I‘m late to the party! 🤪 5mo
Cathythoughts Girl, Woman , Other... from a few years ago, just before COVID (edited) 5mo
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Tamra @Cathythoughts ahhh yes. It‘s on my TBR. 👍🏾 5mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! 😁 5mo
Becker I have fond memories of listening to this book. 5mo
Tamra @Becker 👍🏾👍🏾 5mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Sitting on my shelf, too 🙈 5mo
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NovelNancy
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This is an incredibly sweet book. I usually don't like novels with unlikeable characters and in this one I only found Morris to be someone I'd want to know. However, Evaristo does such a fantastic job of developing each of the other flawed humans. Life is messy and complicated and though many of the characters had regrets, I truly wished them all happiness and comfort.

Suet624 💕💕💕 5mo
AnneCecilie I loved this one 5mo
Tamra Listening to the audio now - great narration! 5mo
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AnneCecilie
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My favorite read from #July #7thbookof2021
#12Booksof2021

Ruthiella I definitely want to read more from Evaristo! 6mo
Andrew65 Looks interesting. 6mo
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Mrs_B
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I just love the way Evaristo uses language to convey such passion. She is an incredible writer. She cleverly uses different flashbacks to drop in background stories which completely alter your interpretation of the current events. Superb.

LeeRHarry I enjoyed this one a lot too - Girl, Woman, Other is still my fave though 😊 11mo
Libby1 I loved this. I read it for the #ShelterBoxBookClub . I had tried an bailed on Girl, Woman, Other previously, but thought this one was excellent. 11mo
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AnneCecilie
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I loved this book, if possible more than her “Girl, Woman, Other” which I‘ve already read twice.

Barry is in his 70s and has been married to Carmel for 50 yrs, but for even longer than that he‘s had a relationship with his best friend Morris.

Loved the humor and the characters even when I didn‘t like them. This book reminded me of how much I love Evaristo‘s writing and that I want to read more by her.

rwmg I haven't read Girl Woman Other but Mr Loverman was wonderful. The first book of hers I read was The Emperor's Babe, which was excellent 11mo
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AnneCecilie
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#WeeklyForecast

Continue Invisible Women #SheSaid and Ghost on audio

Finish Mr. Loverman

Read Whereabouts and I Am Not Your Negro.

And then I‘ll see where my mood takes me next

Cinfhen I read this one yesterday in one sitting - it was good 😊 Hope you like it!! 11mo
AnneCecilie @Cinfhen I have high expectations, I‘ve read The Lowland and Interpreters of Maladies by her before and loved them. 11mo
Cinfhen This is a VERY different storytelling experience, as I‘ve read and loved both of those books too, but as always her writing is VERY STRONG. This book is more like ramblings or diary entries but when strung together they tell a melancholy story. Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts 11mo
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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 120
#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain

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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this one but I didn‘t. I can‘t exactly pinpoint why, but Barrington irritated me. And it all felt a bit too much. But to be honest I felt this way too with Girl Woman Other so maybe Evaristo just isn‘t for me.

Thank you Jessie, for sending me this book ❤️❤️

vivastory That's a disappointment. I like the cover though. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Oh bummer. Hope your next read is captivating. 2y
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Chavelafab
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What an ingenious inventive fun book! I celebrate Bernardine Evaristo‘s creativity and skills in giving her characters so much life with so much love for them. She deserved the Booker Prize all to herself! I will miss Barry‘s verve and gift of the gab!

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rwmg
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#readingstats for June

Reggie Nice! 2y
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cathysaid
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Living in London by way of Antigua, Barry is a witty, elderly, secretly gay man. We follow as he navigates life shortly before (forcibly) coming out, learning about his family & early life in Antigua. While I enjoyed Barry's humorous observations about life & love & human nature, I still found him to be selfish & narcissistic. Had I read in print, I probably wouldn't have finished. The deep baritone voice by Ron Butler, however, kept me engaged.

MicheleinPhilly OK, this is just spooky. I was literally just asking @AlaMich if this would make an appropriate selection for my work book club. 2y
cathysaid Great minds! I think it would be a great pick and generate some interesting conversations. It made me think about why I found Barry to be a dichotomous, conflicting character and how much my opinion is based on my own perspective which is VASTLY different from his. 2y
AlaMich Clearly @MicheleinPhilly this is the universe telling you that you should choose this book! 2y
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rwmg
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Growing up gay in 1950s Antigua, Barry Walker had three options: to get married to allay suspicions, commit suicide, or be murdered. Now it's 2010, he's in his seventies and living in London, and he has a fourth option, to leave his wife for the man he has always loved. But will he take it? 👇

rwmg This could so easily have been a misery memoir, but wasn't. Barry's joie de vivre was great fun even if I did want to shake him at times for his obliviousness to the damage he'd done to his wife, as much trapped by their sham marriage as he was, and daughters by ignoring one and indulging the other. I still couldn't help rooting for him and hoping it would all work out, though. 2y
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That is an understatement of such magnitude it falls firmly into the category of mendacitude.
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Suet624
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What a delightful book! Written by the author of Girl, Woman, Other, this is the story of an elderly gay man who realizes it‘s time to tell his family that he and his best friend of many years are lovers. Beautifully told, witty and tender.

(This is a small patch of my front garden.) #bloominglitsy

AlaMich I loved this book! The narrator of the audio version was marvelous as well. (edited) 2y
BookwormM Book stacked lovely flowers 💐 2y
Jas16 That sounds great. Stacked! 2y
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Leftcoastzen So pretty! 2y
Reggie Sounds good!! Stacked. 2y
BarbaraBB Stacked! And I love the pick! 2y
Suet624 @AlaMich Someone gushed to me today about how the narration was so well done. It was a perfect story at the perfect time. 2y
Suet624 @BookwormM @Jas16 I hope you both like it. Can't wait to hear what you both have to say about it. 2y
Suet624 @Reggie I think you'll really like it Reggie. 2y
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Thanks...Vermont is blooming all over right now, making it almost impossible to take a bad photo. For some reason I thought you had already read this book. I think you'll like it. 😻 2y
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Aimeesue
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I was looking for a new audiobook this morning and saw @ljuliel 'S post about this book. Hoopla had it, so I snatched it up.
So glad I did! The audio is phenomenal and there are a lot of funny bits in there too. Yay, And yay for Littens who share the good stuff. ❤️

ljuliel Thanks for the tag. 💕. I got my copies on Hoopla too. Ebook and audio. I like reading and listening along if I can find both at once. This will be one of my favorite of the year, I can tell already. 😊 2y
AlaMich I loved this! The story was awesome, the narrator was phenomenal...it was a little gem. 😊 2y
Aimeesue @ljuliel I do the read along with audio thing too. Why did we ever stop doing this after second grade? It's great! 2y
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Aimeesue @AlaMich I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and I completely agree. Magnifique! (edited) 2y
ljuliel @Aimeesue Yes it‘s really nice to read and listen together. Just finished the book. I wore out both batteries in my iPad and iPad mini. Had to listen to the last few minutes on my iPod. Such a good book. ❤️ 2y
readordierachel Oh, I will have to check this out! I loved Girl, Woman, Other so much 😍 2y
Aimeesue @readordierachel G,W,O is on my holds list at the library! This one is absolutely fantastic. The audio is brilliantly done. 2y
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Kaddele
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I‘m done with the very clever sheep and back at work (still sniffling and puffing) so it‘s time for a new companion on the road. Definitely chose a promising one with this - already in love with Barry and with James Goode‘s narration.

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MsLeah8417
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MsLeah8417
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Absolutely loving this audiobook!

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sophierayton
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Evaristo is a new author to me, I heard about through the Booker Prize and thought I'd see what she'd written previously.
This is a book like no other, and is funny, heartwarming and real. I whizzed through it as it was so enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading this author's other works.

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Tonton
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My last quiet day as project starts tomorrow through 9/2, no days off. Finishing up this fabulous West Indian Brokeback Mountain featuring roguish Barry and his friend since they were boys in Antigua, Morris. They live in London, deeply closeted. Barry‘s marriage to Carmel is about to implode and he dares to think he and Morris, now in their 70‘s, can live together.. s‘wonderful.

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AlaMich
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I definitely recommend this story about a man in his 70s finally deciding if he can upend his life and leave his marriage for the man he‘s loved for 50+ years. I loved the ending because it wasn‘t too pat. The two readers were excellent with the accents of the Caribbean characters and added a great deal to the story.
#audiobooks
#readharder2018
#colonialorpostcolonialfiction

MicheleinPhilly Hi! Creeping on an old post to ask if you think this would be appropriate for an office book club? We‘re all very open minded but I don‘t want to suggest something if there are a lot of randy bits. 2y
AlaMich It‘s been a few years, but I‘m fairly sure it‘s pretty tame. I want to say there are no randy bits at all. I‘d remember if there were because, while I‘m fine with steamy in a print book, I cringe when I hear it in an audiobook. So I think you‘re fine! Enjoy it! 😊 2y
AlaMich Ok @MicheleinPhilly I found a mildly randy bit in another Litten‘s post (BooksGirlsCats)but I don‘t think it‘s a dealbreaker. 😉 2y
MicheleinPhilly Oh I think that will be fine! Thank you! 2y
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AlaMich
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This is an interesting find that I discovered and downloaded from Audible yesterday. It‘s about a married man from Antigua in his 70s, living in London and carrying on a relationship with his (male) boyhood chum for over 50 years. He is trying to make his peace with being gay and to find a way to live the rest of his years with the person he loves. The audio is great, lots of humor. I‘m really enjoying it so far. #lgbtq

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RealLifeReading
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74yo Barry is not your typical protagonist. Originally from Antigua, he lives in London with his wife and they have two grown daughters and a grandchild. But Barry has been keeping a secret (or at least he thinks it's a secret) for decades - he and Morris are lovers. An entertaining funny read but also a soul-searching one as we consider the effects this man's decisions have on his family through the years.

RealLifeReading And also for #pop2018 - LGBTQ+ protagonist 4y
Buddys_Momma I loved this book—thinking about reading again this year!! 4y
Cinfhen Sounds like a poignant read...congrats on completing a prompt!!! 4y
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you look up at the diamanté sky, stretching yonder into infinity

you wonder if you goin' miss it when you travel and then you correct yourself: you taking the sky with you to England, Sweet Girl, sky's not goin' nowhere you're not

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A half-slice of triple chocolate cake (it's really Nigella's Quadruple Chocolate cake but without the chocolate shards on top) to ready myself for morning drop-off on a very wet back-to-school Monday. Have a great week ahead you guys!

Kalalalatja Looks and sounds delicious 😋 4y
Susanita Now I want chocolate cake! 4y
niha923 yum! 😍 4y
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RealLifeReading
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Dinner (ribs, coleslaw and Israeli couscous) and a great read. If anyone's looking for a book with an elderly gay protagonist (i.e. to fill certain categories for challenges) this one's for you!

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MPL
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Our Deep Cover book club is reading Mr. Loverman this month! Available on eBook and eAudiobook from hoopla with your MPL card.

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I'm also a fan of the spoken word and always have an audio book on the go. This month's listen has been Mr Loverman by Bernadine Evanisto narrated (brilliantly) by James Goode. It's the story of 74 year old Barrington Walker from Antigua. Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measures, highly recommended. ~Jacqui

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I love Barry. So filthy and self-assured despite his old knees.

#diverseathon #recommendsday #lgbtq

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BooksGirlsCats
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Somehow this flips between funny (and filthy) and heartbreaking all in a few pages.

#diverseathon #recommendsday #lgbtq

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Go Barry! Good for you 😉😉

#diverseathon #recommendsday #lgbtq

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For men who are so desperately in love, these guys bicker CONSTANTLY 😂😂

#diverseathon #recommendsday #lgbtq

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I'm excited to #recommendsday this book! Barrington is 74 and "a flamboyant, wise cracking character with a dapper taste in retro suits". And he's in love with Morris.
Excellent writing, funny and frustrating and moving and some excellent quotes (coming up!)

#diverseathon #lgbtq

Kitta Would also highly recommend this! It's fantastic. 😍 6y
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