A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

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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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  • Hardback | 227 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 26mm | 459.99g
  • Coffee House Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 1566893682
  • 9781566893688
  • 172,162

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"But the detail that most turns all existing prizes on their heads is the inclusion of Eimear McBride's novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. . . . [The book] 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 shortlisted for the Folio Prize and now longlisted for the Baileys: the establishment, in other words, is remaking itself in the image of the revolutionary." -"The Telegraph" "McBride has arrived as a fully-formed talent . . . Few literary debuts in recent years have been so assured. Her writing combines the beautify, the outrageous, the harrowing, the farcical and the heartbreaking in a courageously original, wholly uncommercial style, uncompromisingly experimental and an important addition to the literary avant-garde, its roots in 1920s modernism but also in contemporary life."--"The White Review" "[I]t was heartening to observe that the most talked about book of the season, at least among the people I was around, will be published in the United States by the tiny and prescient Coffee House Press. It's called "A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing", and it's by Eimear McBride--look out for it in September." --"New Yorker's" "Page-Turner" blog, "Poetry in Seattle: an A.W.P. Diary" "Amazing writing."--"Library Journal", "Prepub Alert: My Fiction Picks" by Barbara Hoffert

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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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