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Winner, Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, 2014 Winner, Desmond Elliott Prize, 2014 Winner, Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, 2014 Winner, Goldsmiths Prize, 2013 Finalist for the Folio Prize Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize NPR's Best Books of 2014 "The New York Times Book Review" 100 Notable Books of 2014 #3 on "Time Out New York's" 10 best books of 2014 "Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal's" Best Books of 2014 "Boston Globe" Best Fiction of 2014" "Chicago Tribune Printers Row Journal" Best Books of 2014 "Star Tribune" Best Fiction of 2014 "Electric Literature" 25 Best Novels of 2014 "Largehearted Boy" Favorite Novels of 2014 "Eimear McBride is a writer of remarkable power and originality."--"The Times Literary Supplement" "An instant classic."--"The Guardian" "It's hard to imagine another narrative that would justify this way of telling, but perhaps McBride can build another style from scratch for another style of story. That's a project for another day, when this little book is famous."--"London Review of Books" ""A Girl is a Half-formed Thing" is simply a brilliant book--entirely emotionally raw and at the same time technically astounding. Her prose is as haunting and moving as music, and the love story at the heart of the novel--between a sister and brother--as true and wrenching as any in literature. This is a book about everything: family, faith, sex, home, transcendence, violence, and love. I can't recommend it highly enough."--Elizabeth McCracken "McBride's "A Girl is a Half-formed Thing" is a game-changer, a disruptor, a grenade of a novel, and we all agreed this had to win."--Isabel Berwick "My discovery of the year was Eimear McBride's debut novel "A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing.""--Eleanor Catton Eimear McBride's acclaimed debut tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumor, touching on everything from family violence to sexuality and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma. 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 the next nine years trying to have it published. "Perhaps no debut has been more thrilling than Eimear McBride's "Girl is a Half-formed Thing.""-- "SF Weekly" "Undoubtedly my standout read of the year, "A Girl is A Half-formed Thing" is an exciting and innovative debut."-- "Glasgow Review of Books" "Irish author Eimear McBride earned hosannas for her first novel with the very evocative 'A Girl is a Half Formed Thing'."-- "Indian Express" "[McBride] reframes our expectations of prose and clarifies an urgent reality: we are all half-formed, to some degree." "--The Colorado Review"

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Product details

  • Hardback | 227 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 26mm | 459.99g
  • Coffee House Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 1566893682
  • 9781566893688
  • 239,100

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"It was a really astonishing book. We felt that from the first time we read it - it stood out from the crowd. . . It's incredibly original. It has a raw energy we all responded to. It has real lyrical qualities even though the subject matter can sometimes be so shocking."" --BBC" "[W]ritten in a Joycean stream of consciousness with an Irish lilt, and sentence fragments transmit the pervasive sense of urgency, of thoughts spinning faster than the tongue can speak. . . an unforgettable novel.""--Publishers Weekly, starred review" "A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing is a gorgeously odd novel. . . McBride's style, which she has called an attempt to capture "the moment just before language becomes formatted thought," is the most remarkable aspect of the book." "--NPR" "A life told from deep down inside, beautiful, harrowing, and ultimately rewarding the way only a brilliant work of literature can be." "--Michael Chabon" "Eimear McBride is a writer of remarkable power and originality""--David Collard, The Times Literary Supplement" "It's hard to imagine another narrative that would justify this way of telling, but perhaps McBride can build another style from scratch for another style of story. That's a project for another day, when this little book is famous""--Adam Mars-Jones, London Review of Books" "It is always a wonderful and satisfying thing to hear that an unknown debut author has won a major prize for writing. . . And when the news that the unknown writer winning the big prize is being published in the United States by Minneapolis' Coffee House Press, well, the news is all the more welcome." "--Star Tribune" "[A Girl is a Half-formed Thing] is formally groundbreaking, and has been declared a work of "genius" by Man Booker winner Anne Enright. It came to widespread public attention last year, when it was awarded the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize, set up to reward iconoclastic fiction. Since then, the book has been shortl

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About Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride was born in 1976 and grew up in the west of Ireland. At twenty-seven she wrote "A Girl is a Half-formed Thing" and spent the next nine years trying to have it published. In 2013 it was the recipient of the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize. She currently lives in the UK with her husband and daughter.

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