WATCH: Irish Literary Sensation Eimear McBride on Her New Novel Strange Hotel
Bay Area Book Festival #UNBOUND Presents a Conversation Moderated by Brooke Warner
The trajectory of Eimear McBride’s career is an underdog’s dream: she spent six months writing her debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, and nine years trying to sell it, only to take the literary scene by storm when it was finally published in 2013 to an avalanche of acclaim, awards (including the Women’s Prize for Fiction), and rapturous comparisons to James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Now, McBride is joining Women Lit in a live virtual conversation with Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, in celebration of her eagerly awaited new novel, Strange Hotel, which further cements her singular place in the contemporary canon. As unforgettable as her debut, McBride’s latest book depicts a rootless woman’s exile as she hotel-hops across the globe, seeking to quash her ghosts and escape the dangers that haunt her.
“I made a conscious decision to step away from that feeling of hysteria there seems to be in the world at the moment… I thought, how interesting to write a character who isn’t involved in that, and who is using thought as a way to distance herself.” –Eimear McBride
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Eimear McBride, Strange Hotel · Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress