Introducing a dazzling new literary voice--a wholly original novel as groundbreaking as the works of Eimear McBride and Max Porter.Something has happened to Peach. Staggering around the town streets in the aftermath of an assault, Peach feels a trickle of blood down her legs, a lingering smell of her anonymous attacker on her skin. It hurts to walk, but she manages to make her way to her home, where she stumbles into another oddly nightmarish reality: Her parents can't seem to comprehend that anything has happened to their daughter.The next morning, Peach tries to return to the routines of her ordinary life, going to classes, spending time with her boyfriend, Green, trying to find comfort in the thought of her upcoming departure for college. And yet, as Peach struggles through the next few days, she is stalked by the memories of her unacknowledged trauma. Sleeping is hard when she is haunted by the glimpses of that stranger's gaping mouth. Working is hard when her assailant's rancid smell still fills her nostrils. Eating is impossible when her stomach is swollen tight as a drum. Though she tries to close her eyes to what has happened, Peach at last begins to understand the drastic, gruesome action she must take.In this astonishing debut, Emma Glass articulates the unspeakable with breathtaking verve. Intensely physical, with rhythmic, visceral prose, Peach marks the arrival of a visionary new voice....
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La carne è un libro sorprendente. Una storia che è una voce, una voce che diventa disagio.
Il surreale e il perturbante al servizio del racconto, per dettagliare ogni aspetto e anfratto della paura.
This is definitely worth a read, as Glass' approach to creative writing is to be admired, but due warnings for the graphic content and harrowing story-line.
In short, this book is a surreal exploration of a life lived after tragedy. As the synopsis states: "Something has happened to Peach. Blood runs down her legs and the scent of charred meat lingers on her flesh."
Due to the subject matter, this is a profoundly harrowing read, and the graphic nature used to depict some scenes only adds to this. ...more
I can see why this isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I loved it. It's not really a novel, it's its own strange new thing. It reads like prose poetry, stream of consciousness, word association, and some deeply weird allegory. The subject matter, a young woman dealing with the after effects of a brutal sexual assault, is not easy, but most of the details are only alluded to or are abstract enough that I didn't feel overwhelmed by it. This was incredibly dark, but I was just hypnotized by the whole ...more
Trigger warnings for sexual assault, murder, animal abuse, possible (?) cannibalism
I hate giving a low rating to any book. I have such admiration for authors - for the blood, sweat and tears that go into writing a book in the first place, then having to navigate the publishing world and subjecting themselves to readers who can lift them up or tear them down with their words.
If you are interested in reading this book, please don’t just go by my review. There are a lot of 5 star reviews for this ...more
An experimental debut novella that captures the brutal anguish of a young woman in the wake of her assault. Peach is anything but straight forward as it word-plays around female suffering. But it's the word-play and structure that disrupted my experience reading it.
Peach plays with the senses of it's protagonist, Peach. The assailant is greasy, and almost literally a sausage (Peach is a vegetarian), her baby sibling is sugary and bright, and her boyfriend Green is very much like a tree. These d ...more
I’ve been thinking for a couple of days about how to describe why I felt like this was a whole lot of nope book. I finished Peach because it is very short and I really didn’t want to hate it. I kept waiting for it to have a moment of true emotional connection or a brilliant moment but it never gave.
Peach is about a teen girl who is raped. An obvious difficult and important topic to accurately portray. Unlike books, like Long Way Down, there is zero literary finesse to Peach. Instead of ...more
I still can’t believe that this is Emma Glass’s debut novel. I can’t get the imagery from her experimental prose out of my head and I read this one in January! (Sorry it has taken me over to get around to writing a review for it) I can definitely see this one making my best of 2018 list. I know that is bold to say this early in the year, but I truly loved this little gem.
Before reading on, I just want to give you a trigger warning for sexual assault.
This story follows a teenage girl, Peach, af ...more
Emma Glass's debut novel Peach is contemporary fiction told in a wholly original way. It's a challenging read both because of the form it is written in and the graphic descriptions.
High school student Peach is brutally assaulted and manages to make her way home where her pain goes unnoticed by her family. She decides to carry on with life - stitches herself up, goes to school and meets up with her boyfriend. However, she is plagued by the attack - the jarring memories of smell, taste and touch. ...more