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

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Now in paperback, Eimear McBride's internationally praised debut is one of the most acclaimed novels in recent years; it is "subversive, passionate, and darkly alchemical. Read it and be changed" (Eleanor Catton).

Eimear McBride's debut tells, with astonishing insight and in riveting detail, the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour, and her harrowing sexual awakening.

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, A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing plunges inside its narrator's head, exposing her world firsthand. This isn't always comfortable--but it is always a revelation.

Touching on everything from family violence to religion to addiction, 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. It is a book you will never forget.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781476789033
ISBN-10: 1476789037
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: June 9th, 2015
Pages: 240
Language: English