DIFFICULT AND/OR DEVASTATINGLY BEAUTIFUL
Down The Hall Book Club January pick is A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing > JANUARY 19
This shockingly honest, devastatingly beautiful debut novel by the Irish writer Eimear McBride begins with a sentence fragment: “For you.” The speaker is a young girl, the you in question her brother. A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing is a novel about, among other things, the intense, doomed relationship between these two siblings. The girl’s brother miraculously survived brain surgery when he was a child, but he and his family have been scarred in the process. The girl’s father leaves and her mother must raise her two children poor and alone. Her son seems to have suffered brain damage as a result of the surgery, and is ostracized by his peers. He grows thoroughly dependent on his sister’s fierce protection. The early brush with death seems to be more a promise of death’s return than a near-miss. McBride records a rage against the absurdity of illness, the brute, democratic arbitrariness of a child’s brain tumour. And she does so in language as vivid, damaged, half-formed and urgent as its young narrator."
WE'RE BACK for 2015! And we're going to read the book the Globe and Mail called "devastatingly beautiful" and the Guardian decided was "difficult." Unreadable? Gorgeous? WE GET TO DECIDE!
The January 2015 DTHBC selection is A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride.
Down The Hall Book Club is a group for reading fiction by women and non-binary identifying writers. We meet the third Monday of every month at Type Queen West. The book club is free to attend and open to all.
DOWN THE HALL BOOK CLUB MEETING
Type Books, 883 Queen Street West
Monday January 19, 2015 > 7:00pm-9:30pm
BYO snacks etc.