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In this dazzling debut, Emma Glass articulates the unspeakable with breath-taking clarity and verve. Intensely physical, with rhythmic, visceral prose, Peach marks the arrival of a visionary new voice.

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Synopsis

Peach by Emma Glass

Slip the pin through the skin. Start stitching. It doesn't sting. It does bleed. White thread turns red. Red string. Going in. Going out. I pull. Tug. Tug the pin. In. Out. Out. Out. Blackout. Something has happened to Peach. It hurts to walk but she staggers home to parents that don't seem to notice. They can't keep their hands off each other and, besides, they have a new infant, sweet and wobbly as a jelly baby. Peach must patch herself up alone so she can go to college and see her boyfriend, Green. But sleeping is hard when she is haunted by the gaping memory of a mouth, and working is hard when burning sausage fat fills her nostrils, and eating is impossible when her stomach is swollen tight as a drum.

Reviews

An immensely talented young writer ... Her fearlessness renews one's faith in the power of literature ... A strange and original work of art that manages to be both genuinely terrifying and undeniably joyful ... In this dark poetic myth, Emma Glass takes on the big issues: good and evil, violence, redemption -- George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo

Choose wisely the moment when you pick up Peach; because once you do you'll be unable to put it down until the very last sentence -- Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire

Impossible to categorise, intimately weird and exhilaratingly bold, Peach shares literary DNA with Gertrude Stein, Hubert Selby Jr, and Eimear McBride, but Emma Glass's massive talent is all her own -- Laline Paull, author of The Bees

Peach is ferocious, startling, all-consuming ... it has changed the way I see the world -- Daisy Johnson, author of Fen

Peach is a work of genius. So lonesome and moving, so gruesome, wry, tender and plaintive. It is the new Jane Eyre, and one wild, thrilling ride. Swallow it in one gulp, and carry a spare copy in your pocket. Always -- Lucy Ellmann, author of Mimi

A mesmerising, deeply disturbing and stylistically daring debut, Peach reads almost like an incantation of dread and fear ... A visceral and unflinching journey through one woman's internal life. Like A Girl is a Half -formed Thing before it, this is a ground-breaking work of experimentation * NetGalley, `Netgalley UK's Top Ten Books, December 2017 - January 2018', *

Glass ... aptly portrays Peach's real and mythical struggles between emotion and reason, power and trauma in this darkly arresting debut * Booklist * Glass's prose is capable of breathtaking deftness ... A terrifying window into a freshly traumatized psyche. With paragraphs that read like poems, this is a memorably crafted entry into the canon of revenge narratives * Kirkus *

About the Author

Emma Glass was born in Swansea. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Kent, then decided to become a nurse and studied Children's Nursing at Swansea University. She lives in North London and is a research nurse specialist at Evelina London Children's Hospital. Peach is her first book. @Emmas_Window

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Book Info

Publication date

11th January 2018

Author

Emma Glass

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Hardback
112 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781408886694

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