|Pages/Publication Date:||208 / 2016|
Immediately upon its publication in Ireland, Claire-Louise Bennett's debut attracted critical attention, and was featured in publications like The New Yorker and the New York Times. In twenty linked sections, the slender volume captures the interior reality of its unnamed protagonist, a young woman living mostly alone on the outskirts of a coastal village. Sidestepping the usual narrative structure, it moves from the details of her daily experience (her favorite options for porridge or bananas, for example, or an encounter with cows) to events like a disappointing speaking engagement or the end of a love affair, all rendered in prose saturated with the intensity of the physical world, much as we might remember it from childhood.
"A sharp, funny, and eccentric debut…. [It] reminds us that small things have great depths."—NYTBR