Come join the Novel Bookblog group for a chat about A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, the intense debut novel by Eimear McBride. We encourage passionate endorsements, vehement counterattacks and the imbibing of wine throughout. More details below:
A Girl is a Half Formed Thing
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.
The aim of this book group is to have fun. To chat about books and reading in a relaxed, non-prescribed and friendly atmosphere. We will also drink wine. Because of course.