A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing (Paperback)

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McBride's inventive style that builds on the Joycean stream of consciousness and her fearless prose, jolt the reader into a challenging yet rewarding reading experience. A psychologically unsparing, chilling Bildungsroman from a brilliant Irish novelist. Not for the faint of heart.

— Erin


The dazzling, fearless debut novel that won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the book the New York Times hails as "a future classic."

In scathing, furious, unforgettable prose, Eimear McBride tells the story of a young girl's devastating adolescence as she and her brother, who suffers from a brain tumor, struggle for a semblance of normalcy in the shadow of sexual abuse, denial, and chaos at home. Plunging readers inside the psyche of a girl isolated by her own dangerously confusing sexuality, pervading guilt, and unrelenting trauma, McBride's writing carries echoes of Joyce, O'Brien, and Woolf. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is a revelatory work of fiction, a novel that instantly takes its place in the canon.

About the Author

Award-winning author Eimear McBride was born in 1976 and grew up in Ireland. At twenty-seven she wrote A Girl is a Half-formed Thing and spent just under a decade trying to have it published. The novel went on to win the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the Desmond Elliot Prize, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, the Goldsmiths Prize, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, among others. She currently lives in Norwich with her family. Her second novel is The Lesser Bohemians.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101903438
ISBN-10: 1101903430
Publisher: Hogarth Press
Publication Date: June 9th, 2015
Pages: 240
Language: English