What kind of person signs up for a cage fight?
Aliyah, a mixed race Australian lives a solitary life as a computer specialist in London. She is born with an exceptional intelligence but her gifted mind does little to alleviate the pain she carries inside since her childhood.
One day Aliyah stumbles upon a mixed martial arts gym. Like many fighters before her she finds peace in a sport that is seemingly violent. She takes on training with a military discipline as an easy substitute for any meaningful bond in her life. Her journey to her debut cage fight is challenging, but it does nothing to prepare her for the biggest fight of her life.
Girl Fighter explores the motivations of a mixed martial artist, the challenges of women in combat sport and the unseen struggles of a brain injury survivor.
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“The depth of research is as impressive as the immersive setting; Girl, Fighter covers extensive subject matter from psychology and neurobiology to MMA culture and the geography (even psychogeography) of London. The confidence with which Night writes, gives the world in which Aliyah is situated the impression of being larger than merely her solitary narrative. Likewise, the supporting characters demonstrate enough complexity to be convincing as people with their own stories. It is an important feature for a novel about someone who experiences the world, often justly, as something encroaching and threatening. Night’s novel has recently been published in the form of an e-book and I would recommend it to everyone.”
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