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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eimear McBride Narrator: Eimear McBride Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781524708108
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Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction
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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Lesser Bohemians” is every bit as stylistically resourceful as “Girl,” every bit as urgent and authentic. It is also more well-rounded, better. The narrative voice will be recognizable to readers of the earlier novel, capturing a snapshot of thought at the moment before grammar constrains it, what the author has referred to as a “stream of pre-consciousness.” The word order is once again scrambled to ingenious (and poetic) effect, clauses pared down to their impressionistic essences…For a second time, Ms. McBride has channeled the mental life of a narrator with an intensity, a lack of mediation, that few authors can achieve. “The Lesser Bohemians” is a full-on sensory experience—and another superlative achievement. Wall Street Journal
     
  • Spellbinding…[H]er stunning second novel shows that she has not only acquired fresh surfaces to work on, she has also developed exciting new brush strokes…McBride’s prose sings…The Lesser Bohemians recalls Samuel Beckett and Henry Miller. Ultimately, though, it is a fiercely original work, an extraordinary novel crafted by a fearless modern writer. Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • The Lesser Bohemians is a love story, yes, but it is really an electric and beautiful account of how the walls of self shift and buckle and are rebuilt. NPR.org
     
  • Joycean…The novel is filled with intricate, imaginative wordplay…crafted by one of the most admired young talents in fiction. Scott Simon, NPR
  • [A] powerful novel about desire. O, The Oprah Magazine
  • Not often does a novel so expertly seduce its readers into an alternate state of consciousness that it mimics an actual dream state, where everything solid is hazily just beyond reach. Eimear McBride, with her deployment of modernist technique reminiscent of James Joyce, elicits such a mental state throughout her new novel, The Lesser Bohemians ― really,
    it’s the only way to read it.
    Huffington Post
     
  • This is above all, a love story: bare, achingly romantic, and crushingly felt. Booklist, starred review
  • “Eimear McBride was an actor before she was a writer. Her novels, especially as performed by her, are breathtakingly effective both as literature and as theater…This telling is so moving, so universal and yet so specific to these two gifted, damaged people, so powerful (and powerfully erotic) as to be unforgettable. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • [A] propulsive coming-of-age story... imbued with a captivating sense of youthful excitement and vulnerability. The New Yorker
  • “The confidence and the capacity are as good as anyone’s…there’s an openness, an inclusivity, a distinct lack of God-almightyness, that makes reading [McBride] such a pleasure.
    Jeannette Winterson, New York Times Book Review
  • "[A] propulsive coming-of-age story…imbued with a captivating sense of youthful excitement and vulnerability.”

    New Yorker

  • “A full-on sensory experience—and another superlative achievement.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “There’s an openness, an inclusivity, a distinct lack of God-almightyness, that makes reading [McBride] such a pleasure.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An electric and beautiful account of how the walls of self shift and buckle and are rebuilt.”

    NPR.org

  • “[A] powerful novel about desire.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • Longlisted for the 2017 Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize
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About the Author

Eimear McBride was born in 1976 and grew up in Ireland. She is the author of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, which won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Desmond Elliot Prize, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, the Goldsmiths Prize, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, among others.