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- Print Length: 270 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1787332063
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (March 3, 2020)
- Publication Date: March 3, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07TK4JH5C
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“Gorgeously written fiction…Enright’s unflinching portrait…is scrupulously developed and painfully moving.”
- Wendy Smith, Boston Globe
“There is something that seems effortless about Ms. Enright’s writing―an illusion, of course, but one brilliantly sustained.”
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“Another triumph for Enright: a confluence of lyrical prose, immediacy, warmth, and emotional insight.”
- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Enright’s indelible images of the primal love between mother and daughter that ebbs, flows, and ultimately abides will stick with readers.”
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It is an interesting companion read (though much better) to Revolutionaries, which I read last year, another fictional memoir set in America in the sixties
Top international reviews
The novel tells the story of Katherine O’Dell, a star of the 1960s, ‘not just on screen or on the stage, but at the breakfast table also’, told by her now adult daughter, Norah. Katherine’s life has been a performance, she made herself up long ago, and she constantly works at sustaining the product that is Katherine O’Dell. Norah observes for instance how her mother, ‘turned to the mirror to put herself together and this was a wonderful thing to witness – the way she locked eyes with her own reflection and fixed, by some imperceptible shift, into her public self.’
What prompts Norah to reflect on her mother’s life is the doctoral thesis being written by a young woman, Holly Devane. What Holly Devane is interested in is ‘how my mother styled her femininity, but which she meant her sexual style’. Norah is very reluctant to consider this, but the sexual mores of the times dominate the novel.
Thought-provoking and heart-wrenching. How women are so often sidelined and relentlessly exploited and particularly creative women always reduced, scorned, trivilised.