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The Gathering (Paperback) - 2007 Man Booker Prize Winner for Fiction

Author:  Anne Enright
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0802170390
ISBN-13: 9780802170392
Sku: 204477699
Publish Date: 9/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  260
Age Range:  NA
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A dazzling writer of international stature, Anne Enright is one of Ireland's most singular voices. Now she delivers The Gathering, a return to an intimate canvas and moving, evocative portrait of a large Irish family haunted by the past. The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan are gathering in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother, Liam, drowned in the sea. His sister, Veronica, collects the body and keeps the dead man company, guarding the secret she shares with him--something that happened in their grandmother's house in the winter of 1968. As Enright traces the line of betrayal and redemption through three generations, she shows how memories warp and secrets fester. The Gathering is a family epic, clarified through Anne Enright's unblinking eye. This is a novel about love and disappointment, about how fate is written in the body, not in the stars. The Gathering sends fresh blood through the Irish literary tradition, combining the lyricism of the old with the shock of the new. As in all of Anne Enright's work, this is a book of draing, wit, and insight, her distinctive intelligence twisting the world a fraction and giving it back to us in a new and unforgettable light.


From The Critics:
In the taut latest from Enright (What Are You Like?), middle-aged Veronica Hegarty, the middle child in an Irish-Catholic family of nine, traces the aftermath of a tragedy that has claimed the life of rebellious elder brother Liam. As Veronica travels to London to bring Liam's body back to Dublin, her deep-seated resentment toward her overly passive mother and her dissatisfaction with her husband and children come to the fore. Tempers flare as the family assembles for Liam's wake, and a secret Veronica has concealed since childhood comes to light. Enright skillfully avoids sentimentality as she explores Veronica's past and her complicated relationship with Liam. She also bracingly imagines the life of Veronica's strong-willed grandmother, Ada. A melancholic love and rage bubbles just beneath the surface of this Dublin clan, and Enright explores it unflinchingly. (Sept.) - Publisher's Weekly
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The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother, Liam, who drowned in the sea, including his sister Veronica, who had shared with him the secret of what had happened to him as a boy in his grandmother's house, in a novel about betrayal and redemption across three generations. Original.As nine members of the Hegarty clan gather for the wake of their drowned brother Liam, his sister Veronica remembers the secret he shared with her about what happened in their grandmother's house thirty years ago, a betrayal that spans three generations.
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When Veronica's older brother Liam is discovered drowned, his pockets filled with stones, Veronica goes into a state of crisis. Her fragile marriage begins to come unglued and old memories resurface: sexual abuse, insane asylums, and family secrets.

Praise

"A dreamy, melancholy swirl of a story...[with] lovely phrasing and surprising perspectives." (starred review) 07/01/2007

"Anne Enright, born in Dublin in 1962, gives us an Irish fiction that leads out of tradition into something zestily new. " 05/17/2007

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Product attributePublisher:   Black Cat
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