Pub Date 20 Apr 2017
An intense journey into and out of rage and grief, via sex and violence, following 27 year-old artist, Sarah Browne and set mostly in the American Southwest. In New York, the ending of Sarah’s recent relationship with a married woman has coincided with the death of her estranged, aristocratic mother, leaving her a substantial amount of money and an unrecognised burden of toxic grief. Rather than return home to England, she decides to travel by Greyhound to her mother’s cabin in New Mexico. There she’s drawn into a passionate relationship with Theo, a man whose quiet stability seems to complement her mercurial character.
But as Sarah’s emotional turmoil grows, there are warning signs that tragedy could ensue. In Flesh of the Peach Scottish First Book of the Year winner, Helen McClory, paints a beautiful and painful portrait of a woman’s unravelling, combining exquisite, and at times experimental, prose with a powerful understanding of the effects of unresolved loss.
McClory is one of the most exciting literary talents to emerge from Scotland in recent years.
‘McClory’s is a lepidopterist’s language that skewers with playful, painful precision.’ Joanna Walsh, author of Vertigo
‘Bold and unflinching, McClory’s debut novel is A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing meets Inside Llewyn Davis: a brutal, clear-eyed study of a failing artist that shatters our expectations of what a woman should be.’
Kirsty Logan author of The Gracekeepers