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A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – 2014 Winner

Eimear McBride

Winner of Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014

Eimear McBride’s debut tells the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. It is not so much a stream of consciousness as an unconsciousness railing against a life that makes little sense, forming a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a young and isolated protagonist. To read A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is to plunge inside into the narrator’s head, experiencing her world first-hand. This isn’t always comfortable – but it is always a revelation.

"There are a lot of lazy, powerful men out there who don't like to be made to think about how people who are different to them experience the world and then choose to express that difference."
A Q&A with Eimear McBride

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