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Sight: SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018

Jessie Greengrass

11 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The extraordinary first novel from the author of the prize-winning AN ACCOUNT OF THE DECLINE OF THE GREAT AUK, ACCORDING TO ONE WHO SAW IT.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018

'A stunning debut' Guardian

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 Rontgen'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.

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Praise for Sight: SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018

  • Greengrass is undoubtedly that rare thing, a genuinely new and assured voice in prose. Her work is precise, properly moving, quirky and heartfelt - A. L. Kennedy

  • The stories in Jessie Greengrass' debut work would be auspicious even without its singular title - Financial Times

  • Elegant, learned and melancholic - Daily Telegraph

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

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

  • An exceptionally accomplished debut - 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 - Sunday Times

  • 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 - Financial Times

  • A stunning debut - Guardian

  • Precise and moving . . . The pages on the mother's decline are a masterclass in wrenching, pitiless truth . . . the potted stories of Rontgen, 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 - Daily Telegraph ****

  • There are echoes of WG Sebald and Rachel Cusk in this thoughtful, digressive style that swirls together the historical and the personal, but Greengrass's questing intellect and elegant prose are all her own - Guardian, 50 Books to Read Now

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