I'm going to blame Mercury retrograde for this one: I accidentally obtained two extra copies of Eimear McBride's book A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing and the (very kind) publisher told me to keep the extra copies. I've decided to give them away. To you.
"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." - Galley Beggar Press
I want to make sure it's your cup of tea, though, so please do take a moment to read this review over on TLS or this one from the Indo.
"Joyce comes to mind, of course, and this could be Molly Bloom’s great-great-great-granddaughter’s soliloquy: the story of a bright young woman who is argumentative, confused, sexually adventurous, sad and angry." - David Collard, TLS
I haven't read my own copy yet, so I can't add to these reviews. My interest was obviously piqued by the references to Joyce and, especially, Beckett in these reviews. But just as much by the female perspective (I also thought of Maggie Nelson when reading these reviews).
I'm excited to read the book. I'm also excited to send copies to two readers in any location. Leave a comment to be included in the random selection. Please make sure your profile links to some contact information or include it in the comment! I'll make the selections on Friday at noon EST.