Bernardine Evaristo’s Mr. Loverman is a joy. When I was reading, I was engrossed. When I wasn’t reading, I couldn’t wait to get back to the characters and their lives. The novel follows Mr. Barrington Walker, a sixty-year-old immigrant to England from the Caribbean. The tension in the novel revolves around Barry’s sexuality. He has finally decided to come out as a gay man and live a public life with his long-time lover, Morris. The only problem: he has been married for 40 years to a woman and has two daughters.
The novel is empathetic and lively. Evaristo is generous in her portrayal of Barry and the people in his life. They are all complicated, encompassing good and bad, as humans do. One of the strongest aspects of the novel is her use of dialogue and vernacular, which aids her in character development. The characters all have distinct voices, their vernacular speaking to their cultural backgrounds and social locations The novel is intense, romantic, and above all, human. It is a must-read.