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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Full disclosure: this book is not for everyone. Huge trigger warnings for sexual assault, murder and cannibalism.
While it is not my place to tell people how to read and interpret a book, Peach is obviously a poetic, experimental novella that tackles very real issues with cleverly constructed imagery that does not shy away from the grotesque of the subject matter it intends to tackle. For that reason alone, I commend it.
This book was expertly crafted and beautifully written. Glass’s sharp prose a ...more
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 hold Peach very close to my heart, as I am sure so many readers will when the hardback is published on the 11th January 2018. I came across this book through my line of work as an editor, sent to me on submission for consideration of audio and large print rights around January this year (2017). From that moment, I read Peach in one sitting, devoured it till peach juice ran down and off my chin, and knew this book was special. Since this point, I’ve been telling everyone who is of a bookish nat ...more
An intense and experimental novella about the aftermath of a sexual assault and the impact it has on the victim. I think the style worked partly because the book isn't very long - just 98 pages. I wouldn't say I enjoyed this, but it is definitely memorable. Don't take the cautions on the graphic nature of this lightly, either.
La protagonista di questo fiabesco e inquietante romanzo è una pesca vegetariana. Due genitori disinibiti e innamoratissimi, un fratellino di gelatina, un amorevole fidanzato broccolo, un professore budino. La sua vita viene sconvolta quando subisce un'aggressione da una salsiccia psicopatica, che inizia a tormentarla.
Leggere questo romanzo è come subire una versione psycho-horror de "Lo straordinario mondo di Gumball". L'impatto assurdo di questo mon ...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
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.
4.5 rounded to 4.
Something terrible has happened to Peach, but she just wants life to go back to normal.
Something terrible has happened to Peach, but her parents are too wrapped up in themselves and their new baby to notice it.
Something terrible has happened to Peach, so she cleans herself up and self-administers stitches, tries to ignore the stench of meat and oil that follows her everywhere, tries to ignore flashbacks of a strangers gaping mouth and sausage fingers.
This short powerful book is ...more