McBride is telling a theoretically simple story; A Girl is a Half-FormedThing follows the growth of a young woman whose family life has centered around her ill older brother. In her hands it becomes not only a beautiful example of the flexibility of prose, but a story with layer upon layer of emotional depth and complexity. The writing itself is fragmented and circuitous, so much so that the sentences themselves aren’t really sentences. The fragments are as sharp and jagged as the narrator’s struggles with family, with abuse, with religion, with identity, with finding personal freedom. A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing is a difficult read but an essential one.
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 "In edgy, hazy, stream-of-consciousness prose, Eimear McBride transports you directly into her narrator's mind and heart, making this experimental, award-winning novel totally unforgettable."Bustle "A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is simply a brilliant bookentirely 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 novelbetween a sister and brotheras 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
About the Author
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.