Eimear McBride, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

This reading copyright of Waterstones, UK.  

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I first heard Eimear McBride read from her book A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing at the Ubud Readers & Writers Festival in 2014. 

She was utterly mesmerising. On the page, many find this book confronting. Poetic structure, little punctuation (what no commas?) and the confronting topic of sexual abuse and a violent coming-of-age tale for a young Irish woman. When you hear McBride read, with her Irish lilt and stagecraft, she injects all the characters with humanity and the story just sings. It is poetry, or performance, at its very best. 

So this is why I recommend that you listed to the author read this book. Let her guide you through it and you won't ever believe that you thought it was all too hard. 

McBride has become the pinup girl for experimental literature. After over a decade of trying to get the book published, she thought it may be a failure and consigned it to the bottom drawer. Today she is the darling of the literary world. 

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The Official Blurb

Eimear McBride's debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist, to read A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing is to plunge inside its narrator's head, experiencing her world first-hand. This isn't always comfortable - but it is always a revelation.
Touching on everything from family violence to sexuality and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma, McBride writes with singular intensity, acute sensitivity and mordant wit. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is moving, funny and alarming. It is a book you will never forget.

See here for an article on the stage production. 

Interviews and Further Reading

The White Review

The Guardian

The Monthly, Book Club Notes and Interview

The New York Times