Published in September 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
Eimear McBride has followed up her award-winning debut, 2013’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, with a remarkable second novel. Set in London’s Camden Town in the mid-1990s, The Lesser Bohemians tells the story of a love affair between Eily, an 18-year-old Irish girl in the first year of drama school, and a charismatic but troubled 38-year-old actor. What begins as a passionate fling develops into a deeper emotional entanglement, as we learn that both characters are living with the legacy of childhood abuse. The man has a daughter with his estranged ex: the child is every bit as central to this novel as the lover, an avatar for his past failures and his hopes of redemption.