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Praise for Anne Enright:
• "Enright's razor-sharp writing turns every ordinary detail into a weapon, to create a story that cuts to the bone." New York Review of Books
• "Enright's writing is just so good it sings...." Toronto Life
• "Enright gets the why of love...." Globe and Mail
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About the Author
Anne Enright is the author of two volumes of stories and several novels, including The Forgotten Waltz and The Gathering, which won the Man Booker Prize.
Alana Kerr Collins is an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator. She is also an actor, puppeteer, and singer who studied at the Impulse Company in London and earned a BA in drama and English at the University of Dublin, Trinity College. She starred in the short films Rachel 9000, The Deal, and Veritas and has appeared in several television series, including Emu and Big City Park.
Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.
Gerard Doyle was born of Irish parents and raised in Hertfordshire, England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London's West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator of audiobooks, he has been awarded eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2006 won the prestigious Audie Award for his reading of Blackstone's recording of The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty. He lives with his wife and two children in Sag Harbor, New York.--This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.
- ASIN : B00NUB4GS8
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (May 11, 2015)
- Publication date : May 11, 2015
- Language: : English
- File size : 1185 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 319 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #330,897 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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County Clare, in the 1980's, Rosaleen, her husband who loved her so well, Constance, Dan, Emmet, and Hanna. A hard working life, not terribly difficult, but everyone pitched in. We meet Dan who tells the family he is going to be a priest, and he then ends up in New York City,with a totally different life. Constance stays on in the County, marries a well if man and gas two wonderful children. Emmet, an aide worker in Mali, he has women but finds he cannot fall in love. And, Hanba, wanting to be an actress. But finds herself pregnant and the end of her dreams. As we hear their stories in the late 1990's, we learn if their hopes, dreams and disappointments.
They al, receive the Christmas card asking them to come home. Rosaleen has something to tell them. As they left, they all arrive with hesitation and a tense feeling. They are all seemingly damaged, and how they respond to Rosaleen and each other is the stories if the Irish. Can they make sense if their lives, that is the question.
Anne Enright's is such marvelous writer, we can see in her words and hear in the prose the details we thought we missed. I go back to reread that sentence that tells me everything I need to know. It is the details that bring the people and the country to life. A marvelous simple plot that brings the going and coming to the fore.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 05-02-16
"‘And where is the area of concern?’ said the radiologist as she scooped a breast up on to the glass-covered platform. The radiologist did not wear gloves but her little hand was so easy and expert that Constance felt almost soothed by it. The last person she had touched was the woman with all the scars and Constance tried to imagine what all that looked like, or felt like, up close. She wanted to know about the cutting and where, on her body, did it stop. So many different people, and the stories their bodies held. She wondered how many times a day the radiologist lifted this part of a woman on to the ledge of her machine, and pressed the top plate down to the point of pain. She judged it well, at any rate. At just the moment Constance drew in a sharp breath, she disappeared behind the control panel and its protective window; there was a buzzing, then a beep, and the machine, as though shocked at its own behaviour, let her go."
Or the description of the waste paper basket sitting in the room of the therapist: "He thought about all the discarded tears that ended up in it, from all the people who took their turn to weep, sitting in that chair. Many people, many times a day. The bin was made of pale wood, with a faint and open grain. It was always empty when he arrived. Expectant. The wastepaper basket was far too beautiful. The air inside it was the saddest air."
Many of the phrases Anne Enright uses are straight from my own childhood and adolescence, and it's not hard to see the shift in culture both in Ireland and the wider world over the last 40 years. The rise of consumerism, a wealthy middle-class, global travel and social media have impacted on us all. While at time the characters seem superficial (like all of us), at other times there is a depth there which reminds us just how important family and connection with others - and our past - really is. Long forgotten events suddenly bursting through the veil of memory, to surprise, to astound, to hurt us.
"As they travelled towards home, the landscape accumulated in Dan like a silt of meaning that was disturbed by the line of a hedgerow or the sight of winter trees along a ridge. All at once, it was familiar. He knew this place. It was a secret he had carried inside him; a map of things he had known and lost, these half-glimpsed houses and stone walls, the fields of solid green."
Elegant, poignant, truthful.
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The first half of the story focuses on the individual members of the family. We see them over a wide period of time and, through each of them, learn about what has happened to the others. This is a difficult feat to achieve and I think that this author manages the structural challenges well.
They then get together in the second half and I found myself being irritated by them all reverting to childhood behaviours, although think that this is exactly what the book needed. Once I got further into the second half I realxed with it and really enjoyed it.
What annoyed me about this book was the end. No spoilers but it felt quite disappointing and I felt that the author didn't really know how to finish the book.