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Sight by Jessie Greengrass


Sight by Jessie Greengrass
Aug 21, 2018 | 208 Pages
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‘One of the finest contemporary English novels I’ve read. Elegant and intelligent, troubling and serious… exquisitely well-assembled.’ – MAX PORTER, author of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers

I read Sight with so much ache and admiration. It isn’t just the painful subject matter — how it feels to be both a mother and a daughter, looking in two directions at once, watching one life begin while grieving the end of another. It’s the lyricism of the prose, and the way the philosophical, essayistic portions of the novel gradually take on a quality of desperation, as if they’re the narrator’s attempt to codify and control the chaos of the human body. In many ways 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

‘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
‘As a meditation on parenthood, grief and the awareness that knowledge can be both wondrous and terrifying… an exceptionally accomplished debut.’ – THE OBSERVER
‘Greengrass’s fiercely cerebral despatch from one of life’s most extraordinary rites of passage impresses linguistically, intellectually and emotionally.’ – THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
‘A most unusual debut… fiercely intelligent and always probing… accomplished and melancholic.’
‘Exceptional… The prose is unsentimental, measured, breathtaking in its elegance, but never precious or mannered…. Sentences move with extraordinary cadence towards devastatingly bathetic or utterly heartbreaking conclusions. [It is a book about] 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
‘[An] outstanding first noel. Jessie Greengrass’s masterfully interwoven tales of discovery both personal and medical are ‘prayer(s) to understanding’, attempts to render accessible the uncharted regions of the self.’ – TLS
‘A cabinet of curiosities… [a] strange, affecting poem of a book.’ – NEW STATESMAN
‘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
‘Cerebral and tender, Greengrass’ voice is smart and original’ – ELLE
‘Remarkable and affecting’ – LITERARY REVIEW
‘It’s hard not to be blown away by the sheer brilliance of the work and her ability as a wordsmith.’  – STORGY
‘Written in gorgeous, crystalline prose, Sight is a moving exploration of perception and wonder.’
‘Beautiful to read…wise and insightful…completely compelling’ – MONOCLE
‘This singularly introspective book is a stimulating read about motherhood and the disconnect within ourselves. Add snippets of Freud’s development of psychoanalysis and his relationship with his daughter and you get a spectacularly written novel.’ –BOOK RIOT

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