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A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

Eimear McBride

This award-winning experimental debut novel 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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ISBN
9780571317172
Date Published
07.04.2014
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Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

This singular experiment of a novel, is turning into this year's sleeper hit.

Metro
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Eimear McBride is that old fashioned thing, a genius, in that she writes truth-spilling, uncompromising and brilliant prose.

Anne Enright, Guardian
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A virtuosic debut: subversive, passionate, and darkly alchemical. Read it and be changed.

Eleanor Catton
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It is, in a single word, breathtaking.

Nicola Barker
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Eimear McBride grew up in the west of Ireland and trained at Drama Centre London. Her first novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing took nine years to find a publisher and subsequently received a number of awards, including the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, and the Goldsmiths Prize. Her second novel The…

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