Released Spring 2017
Format: Paperback, B Format, 198 x 129mm, 240pp
Helen McClory has a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Glasgow.
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.
Praise for Flesh of the Peach
‘McClory is clearly one of the best new writers to have emerged in Scotland in the last few years…’ Herald
‘Flesh of the Peach is both a gripping re-imagining of the traditional American road trip and a character examination whose deep focus is testament to the author’s forensic detailing and abiding humanity’ Skinny
‘Wonderful on the sentence level… If you are looking for a Scottish debut with teeth, this is it.’ Big Issue
‘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
‘I absolutely adored this book., I read it in a single sitting and loved the style of narration. I can see this being a runaway success. Helen McClory is a talented and provocative writer who asks us to follow Sarah’s journey of turbulence anger and despair as art. Her language is just beautiful and several passages required a re-reading to fully appreciate her craft. I will be giving this book to several of my artist friends as I loved it so much. A five star read.’ Reviewer on NetGalley