Author: Emma Glass
Published: January 23, 2018
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Something has happened to Peach. Staggering around the town streets in the aftermath of an assault, Peach feels a trickle of blood down her legs, a lingering smell of her anonymous attacker on her skin. It hurts to walk, but she manages to make her way to her home, where she stumbles into another oddly nightmarish reality: Her parents can’t seem to comprehend that anything has happened to their daughter.
The next morning, Peach tries to return to the routines of her ordinary life, going to classes, spending time with her boyfriend, Green, trying to find comfort in the thought of her upcoming departure for college. And yet, as Peach struggles through the next few days, she is stalked by the memories of her unacknowledged trauma. Sleeping is hard when she is haunted by the glimpses of that stranger’s gaping mouth. Working is hard when her assailant’s rancid smell still fills her nostrils. Eating is impossible when her stomach is swollen tight as a drum. Though she tries to close her eyes to what has happened, Peach at last begins to understand the drastic, gruesome action she must take.
In this astonishing debut, Emma Glass articulates the unspeakable with breathtaking verve. Intensely physical, with rhythmic, visceral prose, Peach marks the arrival of a visionary new voice.
Things I enjoyed about this book:
Emma Glass was able to paint a picture with the words in this novella. She didn’t stick to the basic language guides, but switched it up. I found most of her writing beautiful and creative. For such a short story, I felt Emma was able to share a whole lot. The last part I loved was it was short.
The Things I Didn’t Enjoy:
I don’t want to see or eat a sausage for at least a month. This comparison was so overdone. More than half the time because the writing was so creative, I had no idea what was going on. I know I am not the only one who has experienced this while reading Peach. Perhaps that was Emma’s intention though? It had a plot, but the plot was extremely messed up and I enjoy dark and twisty, but this one just wasn’t satisfying.
MRS BIRDS WORDS REVIEW
Emma Glass deserves 2 out 5 bird feathers for her novella Peach. From page one until the end, I honestly felt like I was reading a transcript of my two year old telling me every single detail of her day minus the dark and twisty stuff. It went on and on. Never letting you stop to take a breath and process what was just said. The sentences were short and abrupt throwing the reading around. With that said, I did think a lot of the writing was beautiful, but overall it was too much. The subject at hand is a very important subject, but I didn’t think it was handled well. I felt lost in the story, and not in a good way, for at least half of it. I had to reread a quite a bit to try and understand where Emma was taking me. I wouldn’t recommend this one unless you are interested in creative writing, or doing research on how rape is portrayed in fiction- and I think I can say this is maybe a not how too? Ill give two feathers thought because of the creative writing.
This is defiantly an adult book. It includes, rape, murder, swearing, and cannibalism.