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A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

(2013)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book
Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book
Goldsmiths Prize Best Book
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 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

"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

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Praise for this book

"A virtuosie debut: subversive, passionate, and darkly alchemical. Read it and be changed." - Eleanor Catton


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Hardback Editions

September 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
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September 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
Author(s): Eimear McBride
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing: Adapted for the Stage (Faber Drama)
Author(s): Eimear McBride
ISBN: 0-571-32579-3 / 978-0-571-32579-5 (UK edition)
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June 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing
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Title: A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing: A Novel
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April 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
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ISBN: 0-571-31966-1 / 978-0-571-31966-4 (UK edition)
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April 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
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April 2014 : UK Paperback

Title: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
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ISBN: 0-571-32124-0 / 978-0-571-32124-7 (UK edition)
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June 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
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ISBN: 0-9571853-2-4 / 978-0-9571853-2-6 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

June 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing: A Novel
Author(s): Eimear McBride
Publisher: Random House Audio
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June 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing: A Novel
Author(s): Eimear McBride
Publisher: Random House Audio
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September 2014 : UK Audio CD
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Title: A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
Author(s): Eimear McBride
ISBN: 0-571-32155-0 / 978-0-571-32155-1 (UK edition)
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August 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing
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August 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing
Author(s): Eimear McBride
Publisher: Faber & Faber Ltd
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Kindle Editions

May 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing: Adapted for the Stage (Faber Drama)
Author(s): Eimear McBride
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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September 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
Author(s): Eimear McBride
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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August 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing: A Novel
Author(s): Eimear McBride
Publisher: Hogarth
Availability: Amazon   


April 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
Author(s): Eimear McBride
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK