Gripping, visceral, beautiful. The Lesser Bohemians is about an Irish girl who moves to London aged 18 for drama school and begins a relationship with a much older man.
They quickly fall in love, exposing trauma in their past that they are then forced to confront. McBride has a staggering ability to convey raw emotion into prose. I enjoyed how she shifts from stream of consciousness into structured prose, and the points at which she reveals the names of the girl and the man.
It’s not as perfect as A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, but still glorious.