I want us to sin so I may survive this, so I may hold onto my bandage of self if I can if I need.
A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride
Got tired of being a faceless daughter, so I becme a poet. Got tired of being a rotting altar, so I became a poet.
- Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta
Eimear Mcbride got compared to Joyce and Woolf, and normally I don't like when authors get compared like that, but I think in this case there is some truth to it.
A Girl is A Half-formed Thing is told in this staccato, stream of consciousness style, but it's also poetic. A lot of people may find this challenging to understand, and it does take a little bit of brain work. It's like poetry in that way. She mostly doesn't say things flat-out, she gives you an impression of what is going on. I like this style. It's urgently told, and if it were written in a traditional way it wouldn't have the same impact.
The book is about a young girl whose brother is very ill with a brain tumor. All characters in this book are nameless, but you still get wrapped up, you feel for this girl. She starts using sex as a way to cope with things. Her mother is very religious and they butt heads. She's not exactly close with her brother as they age, but she loves him very much. She has a rough go at life, it's very sad to be honest, and major content warning for rape.
But if you think you can get through the violence she faces, and you're not afraid of a challenging read, I would say go for it.
Dividing from the sweet of mother flesh that could not take me in again. I curled there learning limb from limb. Curdled under hot lamps. Sorrow lapped. I’m so glad your brother’s lived. That he’ll see you.
Eimear McBride, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
Newly acquired A girl is a half form thing by Eimear Mc Bride
Eimear McBride - A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing.
Arriving home after a long day to find a parcel on the door step that has travelled across the Tasman to provide much needed cheer. Feeling grateful for the books, tea, stationery and other goodies from lovely Bek! Very unexpected and very kind.
Thinking I think of you and me. Our empty spaces where fathers should be. Whenabouts we might find them and what we’d do to fill them up.
Eimear McBride, A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
“I’ll not fight the thing inside me anymore. Let it eat me up. Please God. I want it to.”
— A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, Eimear McBride
2022 reads // twitter thread
apocalyptic fantasy/historical/dystopian YA
the gods Life & Death run an experiment on a closed off desert city in Oklahoma for 10 years
a group of girls attempting to save the city that disowned them, with their magic
witches, demons, mechanical horses