A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride is an award-winning experimental debut novel, which tells the story of a young woman’s traumatic coming-of-age in rural Ireland, as she struggles with her abusive family and clings to her relationship with her terminally ill brother.
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WINNER OF THE BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION
WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE
KERRY GROUP IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD
WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE
Eimear McBride’s award-winning debut novel tells the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. It is 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 at first hand. This isn’t always comfortable – but it is always a revelation.
A virtuosic debut: subversive, passionate, and darkly alchemical. Read it and be changed.
Eimear McBride is that old fashioned thing, a genius, in that she writes truth-spilling, uncompromising and brilliant prose.
Ten pages in and all the bells start ringing. It explodes into your chest.
A life told from deep down inside, beautiful, harrowing, and ultimately rewarding the way only a brilliant work of literature can be.
An instant classic account of Irish girlhood that has catapulted McBride into the front rank of modern fiction.
Eimear McBride is a writer of remarkable power and originality.
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