Presented by ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY as part of LIT CRAWL SEATTLE. Probably the most awarded and cited novel to be read from here this year will be Irish writer Eimear McBride’s singular debut novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (Coffee House Press). This indelible story of a young woman growing up and coming into age, especially with its focus on her relationship with her brother and trauma he undergoes, has received the Bailey Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, and was a finalist for the Folio Prize. “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. “Read it and be changed.” – Eleanor Catton.
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