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But the Girl: ‘A wonderful new novel’ Brandon Taylor


But the Girl: ‘A wonderful new novel’ Brandon Taylor

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SKU: 9781761046148 Categories: , Product ID: 706956


Title: But the Girl: ‘A wonderful new novel’ Brandon Taylor
Publication date: 01/08/2023
Price: $32.99
Publishing status: Active

But the Girl is a wry and razor-sharp coming-of-age novel about belonging, alienation, and the exquisite pleasure and pain of girlhood, for readers of The Idiot by Elif Batuman and Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner.

‘I used to have this line I saved and brought out for grant applications and writers festivals – that having been Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina and Esther Greenwood all my life, my writing was an opportunity for the reader to have to be me.’

Girl is spending the spring at an artist’s residency in Scotland. Far from her home in Australia and her tight-knit Malaysian family, she is meant to be writing a postcolonial novel and working on a PhD on the poetry of Sylvia Plath. But she can’t stop thinking about her upbringing and the stories of her parents and grandmother who raised her. How can she reconcile their dreams for her with her lived reality? Did Sylvia Plath have this problem? What even is a ‘postcolonial novel’? And what if the story of becoming yourself is not about carving out a new identity but learning to understand the people who shaped you?

ISBN: 9781761046148
Weight: 286g
Dimension: 233mm X 156mm
Pages: 224

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Weight 286 g
Dimensions 233 × 156 mm