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A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

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This is the winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Kerry Group Irish Novel of the year award. It is the winner of the Goldsmiths Prize. Eimear McBride's debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist, to read A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing is to plunge inside its narrator's head, experiencing her world first-hand. This isn't always comfortable - but it is always a revelation. Touching on everything from family violence to sexuality and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma, McBride writes with singular intensity, acute sensitivity and mordant wit. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is moving, funny - and alarming.



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 10/04/2014 ISBN-13: 9780571317165  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Eimear McBride grew up in the west of Ireland and studied acting at Drama Centre London. Her debut novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing took nine years to publish and subsequently received the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, the Goldsmiths Prize, Desmond Elliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, as well as numerous other shortlistings including the Folio Prize and the L.A. Times First Fiction Award. She occasionally writes and reviews for the Guardian, the New Statesman and the TLS.

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Eimear McBride’s debut novel is one that demands to be noticed. It is a raw account of the loss and subsequent search for selfhood in a jarred and disruptive stream of consciousness simply addressed to ‘you’. In such a competitive literary age where every author has an instilled desire to be innovative, amazingly, McBride succeeds. I genuinely believe her style is not unique for unique’s sake, but in an attempt to replicate the traumatic interior dialogue of a girl shoved through childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

Meg, Events Team

It may have taken ten years to get published but this debut novel is worth waiting for. The young narrator's journey through adolescence is both visceral and affecting as she charts her and her brother's rise and fall through life and death, hope and despair. McBride's style points the way to a new kind of experiential writing. I urge you to try it.

Ed, Charing Cross Road

 

I have dark nights when I worry about the state of the contemporary novel. It's why I look so tired. When a book like McBride's comes along, I get very excited. This is great writing - compelling, bruising, healing. It's one of those books that makes your mind fizz with the possibilities of fiction. I can't praise it enough.

Gary, Charing Cross Road

 

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 08/03/2016

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