Thank you for sharing all those wonderful and special reading experiences, what an amazing three days of comments...I knew team dovegrey would come good with their suggestions. I haven't quite managed to compute which book of all of them has been mentioned the most times but your 'impact' books have added quite a few to my own reading mountain.
"Eimear McBride's debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist, to read A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing is to plunge inside its narrator's head, experiencing her world first-hand. This isn't always comfortable - but it is always a revelation.
Touching on everything from family violence to sexuality and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma, McBride writes with singular intensity, acute sensitivity and mordant wit. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is moving, funny - and alarming."
Just announced and I have to be honest and say that this is a book I have side-stepped on the basis of that description (words like 'brutal' and 'shocking' and 'vulnerable' and 'family violence' are subjects I shy away from these days after working with it all for so many years,) but I wonder if any of you have read it and would recommend..