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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 10/01/2019
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Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018

Longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2019

In Jessie Greengrass' superb debut novel, our unnamed narrator recounts her progress to motherhood, while remembering the death of her own mother ten years before, and the childhood summers she spent with her psychoanalyst grandmother.

Woven among these personal recollections are significant events in medical history: Wilhelm Roentgen's discovery of the X-ray; Sigmund Freud's development of psychoanalysis and the work that he did with his daughter, Anna; and the origins of modern surgery and the anatomy of pregnant bodies.

Sight is a novel about being a parent and a child: what it is like to bring a person in to the world, and what it is to let one go. Exquisitely written and fiercely intelligent, it is an incisive exploration of how we see others, and how we might know ourselves.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781473652392
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 149 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A stunning debut.' - The Guardian

'Precise and moving... The pages on the mother's decline are a masterclass in wrenching, pitiless truth... the potted stories of Roentgen, Freud and Hunter form a fluid, richly associative historic narrative of investigation into the body and the mind, about seeking constantly to expand the borders of what we can see.' - The Daily Telegraph

'An exceptionally accomplished debut.' - The Observer

'The poise, intelligence and serious intent of Sight will be lauded, and rightly so. I would not be surprised to see it on heavyweight prize lists.' - The Sunday Times

'Exceptional... The prose is unsentimental, measured, breathtaking in its elegance... remarkably moving.' - The Spectator

'This is a first novel - an original one by a writer who clearly has considerable gifts and a serious, nuanced approach to individual psychology and intellectual history.' - The Financial Times

'Greengrass's fiercely cerebral despatch from one of life's most extraordinary rites of passage impresses linguistically, intellectually and emotionally.' - Mail on Sunday

'A slight and wondrous tale.' - New Statesman

'A slow burning, beautifully written debut... accomplished and melancholic.' -The Irish Times

'Remarkable and affecting.' - Literary Review

'A masterly tale... [an] outstanding first novel.' - TLS

'A self-consciously good writer.' - The Times

'Jessie Greengrass's first book... won plaudits for its incisive, compelling prose. Greengrass brings the same power to her debut novel, Sight.' - Radio Times

'Stands out for its seriousness, and its willingness to explore universal subjects.' - The i

'Cerebral and tender, Greengrass' voice is smart and original.' - Elle

'This singularly introspective book is a stimulating read... a spectacularly written novel.' - Book Riot

'An insightful novel that explores relatable issues and fascinating themes, but also stands out as a work of art.' - The Lady

'A terrific writer ... it's hard not to be blown away by the sheer brilliance of the work and her ability as a wordsmith.' - Storgy

'Fascinating... Greengrass is a master of subtlety... [it is] wonderful in terms of its execution, a very self-contained and meticulously planned tale that is very effective and moving.' - Wormhole

'Beautiful to read... wise and insightful... completely compelling.' - Monocle

'Written in gorgeous, crystalline prose, Sight is a moving exploration of perception and wonder.' - Dazed

'A philosophical quest investigating what lies beneath our skins, exploring the transformative impact, physically and intellectually, of pregnancy.' - Patricia Nichol

'One of the finest English novels I've read... It is exquisitely well-assembled and every page has a line of pure underline-for-later brilliance.' - Max Porter 

'This book blew me away. It is beautiful and devastating and perfectly formed.' - Daisy Johnson 

'Greengrass reminds me of Virginia Woolf - in her intelligence and scope of interest, and in her evocative ability to capture a single consciousness, all while seemingly re-inventing the novel form. Sight is a beautiful debut, and Greengrass is an important new voice in fiction.' - Jamie Quatro, author of Fire Sermon

'A very intriguing, challenging novel... very moving.' - Toby Lichtig

'I honestly can't remember the last time I read a novel so near to perfection, so full of grace. With every page I was in awe of the author's sense of pace, her attention to nuance, the acuity of feeling and clarity of reflection.' - Sara Baume 

'The author of an award-winning short story collection, An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It, Greengrass adapts to the novel format with enviable flexibility... Greengrass writes stunningly about the experience of pregnancy and motherhood.' - The Guardian

'As a meditation on parenthood, grief and the awareness that knowledge can be both wondrous and terrifying, Sight is an exceptionally accomplished debut.' - The Observer

'An exceptional debut novel... The prose is unsentimental, measured, breathtaking in its elegance, but never precious or mannered. Paragraphs over several pages, page-long sentences, move with extraordinary cadence towards devastatingly bathetic or utterly heartbreaking conclusions... And the book is also about, in part, the necessity of that separation; the ongoing and ever-unfinished coming into being of a person. It brings all these things together, loosely and delicately, in a way that is unexpectedly and remarkably moving.' - The Spectator

'Greengrass is a perceptive and deep observer of human nature, one who finds incredibly beautiful and realistic ways to express the everyday life in words. The novel is a goldmine of quote-worthy passages, the sort of deep pondering you find as asides in George Eliot.' - Helsinki Book Review

'A moving and contemplative account of a woman's life as she grieves for a mother lost at the cusp of adulthood, and her journey towards becoming a wife and mother herself.' - Optima

'If you're only going to read one book this summer make it Jessie Greengrass's Sight... easily my book of the year so far. The balance of Greengrass's sentences combined with the unexpected and perfectly chosen words is reminiscent of the great W. G. Sebald.' - Boundless 

'A stunning novel about what we can know of our bodies, ourselves, and each other.' - Lauren Elkin 

'[Greengrass's] intelligence and honesty continue to dazzle, and the novel as a whole exudes a strange consoling power . . . it is precisely her obsessive ruminations, and how they find expression in controlled, stylish prose, that make the book so exciting.' - New Yorker

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“Sight”

When is the best moment to have a child? Can you ever be ready to become a parent? And what does being a “good” parent actually mean? Jessie Greengrass unnamed narrator has to face these questions. Her husbands would... More

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Martha Greengrass

“A pitch-perfect debut of motherhood, grief and what we know and can never know about ourselves and others”

Sight is an exquisite debut; a deft, insightful consideration of motherhood, the search for self-knowledge and how we live fully with the uncomprehending weight of love. At its heart is a woman contemplating her own... More

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“I wanted to savour every word and not rush it; it felt like there was something profound on every page.”

From the first few pages I was so impressed with the lyrical writing, I wanted to savour every word and not rush it; it felt like there was something profound on every page. My copy of the book now has quite a... More

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