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It seemed, at times, an act of profound selfishness, to have a child so that I might become a parent; but selfish, too, to have a child and stay the same, or not to have one - unless the only honest choice would have been to try to become this kinder version of myself without the need to bring another into it ...Sight is about X-rays, psychoanalysis, and the origins of modern surgery. It is about being a parent, and being a child. Fiercely intelligent, brilliantly written and suffused with something close to forgiveness, it is a novel about how we see others and how we imagine ourselves.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 166 x 225 x 20mm | 328g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1473652375
  • 9781473652378
  • 21,288

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As a meditation on parenthood, grief and the awareness that knowledge can be both wondrous and terrifying, Sight is an exceptionally accomplished debut * Observer * The author of an award-winning short story collection, An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It, Greengrass adapts to the novel format with enviable flexibility . . . Greengrass writes stunningly about the experience of pregnancy and motherhood * Guardian * This book blew me away. It is beautiful and devastating and perfectly formed * Daisy Johnson * One of the finest English novels I've read... It is exquisitely well-assembled and every page has a line of pure underline-for-later brilliance * Max Porter * Written in gorgeous, crystalline prose, Sight is a moving exploration of perception and wonder * Dazed * Beautiful to read . . . wise and insightful . . . completely compelling * Monocle * Fascinating . . . Greengrass is a master of subtlety . . . [it is] wonderful in terms of its execution, a very self-contained and meticulously planned tale that is very effective and moving * Wormhole * A terrific writer . . . it's hard not to be blown away by the sheer brilliance of the work and her ability as a wordsmith * Storgy * This singularly introspective book is a stimulating read . . . a spectacularly written novel * Book Riot * Cerebral and tender, Greengrass' voice is smart and original * Elle * Jessie Greengrass's first book . . . won plaudits for its incisive, compelling prose. Greengrass brings the same power to her debut novel, Sight * Radio Times * A self-consciously good writer * The Times * A masterly tale . . . [an] outstanding first novel * TLS * Remarkable and affecting * Literary Review * A slow burning, beautifully written debut . . . accomplished and melancholic * Irish Times * Greengrass's fiercely cerebral despatch from one of life's most extraordinary rites of passage impresses linguistically, intellectually and emotionally * Mail on Sunday * This is a first novel - an original one by a writer who clearly has considerable gifts and a serious, nuanced approach to individual psychology and intellectual history * Financial Times * Exceptional . . . The prose is unsentimental, measured, breathtaking in its elegance . . . remarkably moving * The Spectator * The poise, intelligence and serious intent of Sight will be lauded, and rightly so. I would not be surprised to see it on heavyweight prize lists * Sunday Times * An exceptionally accomplished debut * Observer * A stunning debut * Guardian *
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About Jessie Greengrass

Jessie Greengrass was born in 1982. She studied philosophy in Cambridge and London, where she now lives with her partner and child. An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It won the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award, and was shortlisted for the PFD/Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. Sight is her first novel.
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33 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 39% (13)
4 30% (10)
3 6% (2)
2 24% (8)
1 0% (0)
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