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Published by Hogarth on September 20th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
The captivating new novel from Eimear McBride, critically acclaimed and Baileys Women’s Prize-winning author of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
Upon her arrival in London, an 18-year-old Irish girl begins anew as a drama student, with all the hopes of any young actress searching for the fame she’s always dreamed of. She struggles to fit in—she’s young and unexotic, a naive new girl—but soon she forges friendships and finds a place for herself in the big city.
Then she meets an attractive older man. He’s an established actor, 20 years older, and the inevitable clamorous relationship that ensues is one that will change her forever.
A redemptive, captivating story of passion and innocence set across the bedsits of mid-1990s London, McBride holds new love under her fierce gaze, giving us all a chance to remember what it’s like to fall hard for another.
Provided through Library Thing early reviewers.
I am not a fan of the stream of consciousness writing style, and unfortunately was not a fan of this book. I found the prose format distracting and confusing at times and it really hindered me from getting involved in the story.
The story is of a young Irish actress who moves to London to pursue her career. The plot follows the typical story of a drama student who becomes embroiled in the off-stage drama. Had it been written in a more, understandable style, I probably would have found the charm but the style really set me off. The dialogue, disjointed at times, was hard to understand and make sense of.
Fans of the consciousness style might be able to decipher the unique brilliance in McBride’s writing, but for me this was a difficult book to finish.