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Debut Voices with
Eimear McBride

$10 members /
$12 non-members


Free for Young Patrons ($125) members and higher


 

 

Debut Voices with Eimear McBride
Moderated by Rivka Galchen (author of Atmospheric Disturbances)

Thursday, October 30 | 7:30 pm

A new series presenting the first books by Irish and Irish American poets and novelists who will shape the future literary landscape.

Our inaugural series kicks off with readings from Darragh McKeon, author of All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, and Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing.

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing is uncompromising in style and subject matter... it will stay with every reader.” – The Guardian

A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing tells the story of a young woman's complex relationship with her family and her struggle to stay intact in the face of trauma. Capturing the space between thought and language, McBride creates an extraordinary intimacy with the reader, offering a plunge into the thoughts, feelings, and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist.

Eimear recently won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year award, the Desmond Elliot Prize, and has also won Goldsmiths Prize and Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize), and has been shortlisted for the Folio Prize. The novel languished unpublished for a decade and now is the subject of advertisements on buses and in shopping centers across UK and Ireland.

 

 


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RIVKA GALCHEN is the recipient of a William Saroyan International Prize for Fiction Writing and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, among other distinctions. She writes regularly for The New Yorker, whose editors selected her for their list of “20 Under 40” American fiction writers in 2010. Her debut novel, Atmospheric Disturbances, was published by FSG in 2008. This past spring, FSG published her critically acclaimed collection of short stories American Innovations. Kirkus Reviews praised it saying,  “This is a collection to read and keep on the bookshelf. It will stand the test of time.”

 


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