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Paperback 112 Pages / Published: 10/01/2019
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Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2019

Peach is a teenage girl like any other. She has college, and her friends, and her parents and the new baby, and her gorgeous boyfriend Green. She has her friend Sandy, and Sid the cat, and homework to do.

But something has happened - something unspeakable - and her world has become unfamiliar, fractured into strange textures and patterns. Reeling through her refracted universe, Peach knows that the people she loves are in danger, real danger.

If she is not to be swallowed whole, Peach must summon all her courage and dig deep into something nameless and strange that lies within her.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408886519
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 100 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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'An immensely talented young writer... Her fearlessness renews one's faith in the power of literature.' - George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo, winner of 2017 Man Booker Prize

'Emma Glass's fictional debut - a novella-cum-prose poem - packs one hell of a punch... Glass's commitment to the visceral is like nothing else I've read ... Peach inhabits a strange, horror-story realm of the hyperreal, and Glass's vision goes a long way towards portraying an experience that's near-impossible to articulate.' - Observer

'Addressing an all-too-relevant issue, the novel charts the physical and psychological effects on Peach through stylised, poetic prose, self-confessedly informed by James Joyce's experiments with language. Referenced variously as "the new Jane Eyre", "intimately weird" and "exhilaratingly bold".' - Independent, Books to look out for in 2018

'Glass's tale of a girl neglected by her parents and abused by others is a dark poetic read that is a visceral in its telling. It's an extraordinary debut that we urge you to seek out.' - Stylist, Books to read this Spring

'Peach by Emma Glass is a short and brutal tale of sexual assault and its resulting traumas that carries clear echoes of Eimear McBride... The language is scintillating, the emotional heft remarkable.' - Observer, The best fiction for 2018 

'Peach is shocking, revealing and deals with a subject most authors would shy away from. It is uncomfortable, worthy and brave... Glass deserves recognition for her bravery regarding both the topic and style.' - Independent

'A visceral work... Glass uses fragmented, sensory language to evoke the lasting trauma of a sexual assault, from dissociative episodes to body dysmorphia. But for all its emotional insight, the book's boldest choice is its suspension between fantasy and reality.' - New Statesman

'Genre-defying and brilliantly surreal novella... Barely 100 pages, and somewhere between poetry and prose, this is a book to be devoured in a single sitting. Glass is an exciting new author to know.' - Vogue

'An impressive achievement. There are obvious Joycean and Eimear McBridean influences on her writing, which is rich with onomatopoeia, musical rhythm and graphic, bloody imagery ...A truly original voice for the future. Peach is a meeting place for expressionist poetry and Cronenberg-style body horror that's not something you come across every day.' - Big Issue

'A debut of consistently visceral writing... The dark poetic world of Emma Glass's debut, Peach, immerses the reader in a young woman's personal hell ... Through prose that is lyrical, mythic and yet wonderfully clear, Peach expounds on themes of good versus evil, and the base nature of desire, consumption and carnality ... There is a spoken word vibrancy to Glass's prose ... Not since Patrick McCabe's The Butcher Boy has such symbolism been used so effectively to make clear one woman's brutal experiences.' - The Irish Times

'Surreal and unsettling, experimental and lyrical.' - Big Issue

'A daring novel.' - The Sunday Times

'Powerfully felt, sinister, vivid.' - Literary Review

'Related in an urgent, rhythmic unspooling of language... Peach's voice is unsettling, idiosyncratic and discomforting, as well as being moving and utterly absorbing... This sense of radical domestic fantasy gives the novel a raw power, as well as provoking multiple interpretations. It may occasionally confound, but Peach is a bold, memorable novel - gripping, strange and utterly singular.' - Spectator

'Challenging fiction that disrupts narrative forms, provocatively outlandish stream of consciousness set in the aftermath of a sexual assault ... A gutsy, discomfiting experiment.' - Metro

'It's apt to see that this debut author cites James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Kate Bush and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) in her acknowledgements. Peach is a hypnotic, visceral read ... Lyrically and visually driven, Glass's sentences read like powerful poems, and they encompass so much emotion, you'll find it hard to put this novel down once you start.' - Lithub, 15 books you should read this January 

'What it lacks in pages (Peach has just 98), it makes up for in uniqueness.' - Red, Most Hotly Anticipated Books of 2018 

'This startling book uses hypervisceral prose to detail how a woman tries to move through ordinary life after being raped. An explosive dramatization of trauma, Glass' short but harrowing Peach provides a propulsive, unforgettable read that's impossible to shake.' - Entertainment Weekly

'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

'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

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“Mesmerising... Read this now!”

An intense and truly mesmerising piece of rhythmic prose that will have you captivated from the very beginning. This is an extremely emotive story of the turmoil one young girl endures after being assaulted, from... More

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“Not For Me”

This novella did not do it for me. At only 100 pages in length, I did not like the rythmic prose style writing or the disturbingly graphic content.
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“Dark, intense and captivating...”

Dark, intense and captivating...With the opening scene of a college student staggering home after having just been violently assaulted this was a viscerally emotive storyline in its depiction of this young... More

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