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The lesser bohemians

by McBride, Eimear,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 9 copies
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CLP - Brookline Fiction FICTION McBride
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION McBride
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Monroeville Public Library Fiction MCBRIDE EIMEAR
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction MCBRIDE Eimear
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Northern Tier Regional Library Fiction FIC MCBRI
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Northland Public Library Fiction FIC MCBRIDE
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Shaler North Hills Library Fiction MCBRIDE
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Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction
Shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award
Shortlisted for the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize
Shortlisted for the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Eason Novel of the Year

The breathtaking new novel from Eimear McBride, about an extraordinary, all-consuming love affair

Eimear McBride's debut novel A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING was published in 2013 to an avalanche of praise: nominated for a host of literary awards, winner of the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction and the inaugural Goldsmith's Prize, declared by Vanity Fair to be "One of the most groundbreaking pieces of literature to come from Ireland, or anywhere, in recent years," McBride's bold, wholly original prose immediately established her as a literary force. Now, she brings her singular voice to an unlikely love story.

One night an eighteen-year-old Irish girl, recently arrived in London to attend drama school, meets an older man - a well-regarded actor in his own right. While she is naive and thrilled by life in the big city, he is haunted by more than a few demons, and the clamorous relationship that ensues risks undoing them both.

A captivating story of passion and innocence, joy and discovery set against the vibrant atmosphere of 1990s London over the course of a single year, THE LESSER BOHEMIANS glows with the eddies and anxieties of growing up, and the transformative intensity of a powerful new love.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* As in her first novel, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing (2014), McBride molds unrestrained language to imaginative effect, using punctuation sparely and styling dialogue and page space unconventionally. It's jarring at first, but perhaps even more jarring when all this is scarcely noticed, and only its imprint absorbed. An Irish girl, just moved to London for theater school in the mid-1990s, meets a charming stranger, also an actor and much older than her. (Neither character is named for well over half the novel.) At a bar, they bond over his copy of Dostoyevsky's The Devils and go back to his place for charming, clumsy sex (her first). She doesn't expect much, until, quickly, things change. Sometimes serendipitously, but more often on purpose, they're together and the sex becomes far from clumsy. Occasionally he's aloof, and she distracts herself with drink, drug, and other men to not think of him, painfully and unsuccessfully. Wonder about his past, much longer than hers, consumes her until all at once he tells her his story, and it's this narrative of unfathomable abuse, addiction, and redemption that nearly becomes another novel inside this one. Divided into the terms of an academic year, this is, above all, a love story: bare, achingly romantic, and crushingly felt.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "McBride's second novel is more ambitious than her acclaimed debut, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, and it retains the uncompromisingly Joycean brogue and diary-like intimations of adolescence that made that first novel such a success. Set between 1994 and 1995, it follows 18-year-old Eily, a boozy ingénue, as she leaves her native Ireland to attend drama school in London. There, caught in whirl of excess and the shadow of IRA terrorism, she is mostly assigned stereotypically Irish bit parts, but finds herself captivated by a much older actor named Stephen, an ex-junkie estranged from his family and young daughter. Initially meeting without names, they embark on a tempestuous relationship that reveals the worst in both while offering Stephen a chance at redemption and Eily a future. But the real focus is McBride's stream-of-consciousness prose, in which drinking is rendered as "pints turning telescope," "the lightless hall sings sanctuary from the frenzy" of a violent encounter, and a night of youthful debauchery leaves the revelers with "Satan under every skin. Skinful under all our skin." The story (especially when Stephen's backstory hijacks the narrative) isn't full enough to sustain McBride's style, which comes to seem less and less an accurate shorthand for first love. Still, this sophomore effort is striking enough to continue McBride's forging of a daring career. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Young women -- Fiction.
Young women -- Conduct of life -- Fiction.
Women college students -- Fiction.
Actors and actresses -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
London (England) -- Fiction.
Romance fiction.
Publisher London :2016
Edition First United States edition.
Language English
Description 310 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781101903483
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