ISBN: 9781783191857
Binding: PaperBack

The Edge of our Bodies

Adam Rapp


Bernadette is 16.

She is pregnant.

Her boyfriend doesn’t know.

Much more importantly than all that, however, she will soon be auditioning for her high school’s production of Genet’s The Maids. As she stands on the cusp of adulthood, she must learn to untangle the real world outside from the thorns of her imagination.

It's a bitter winter night when 16-year-old Bernadette, an aspiring short story writer, boards a train to New York City carrying her notebook and important news for her boyfriend. What follows is a searing and poetic coming-of-age story as Bernadette intimately shares her encounters along the way and the devastating result of her visit, a journey punctuated by both a need to be heard and an aching desire to disappear.

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ISBN13 9781783191857
Binding PaperBack


‘A compelling story of a young girl’s rapid ascent into an adult world of disillusion and death… is about the ability of the artist to adopt infinite disguises’ Guardian

‘It’s self-consciously theatrical and literary… keeps us dangling and intrigued … unsettles and fascinates’ The Times

‘[The Edge of Our Bodies] symbolises the possibility of escape from a stultifying everyday existence… [it] is given point and purpose by the meticulous portrayal not just of the protagonist’s experiences, but also the insecurities of a personality still in formation’ Financial Times

‘Haunting’ Evening Standard

‘Adam Rapp’s 2011 play is a reality-blurring trip into an urban purgatory… It’s an unsettling mental landscape’ Time Out London