A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

Eimear McBride

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
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A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

Eimear McBride

Winner of the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

This incredible debut novel 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. It is a book you will never forget.

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