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A book about family, selfishness and compassion on Ireland's Atlantic coast, from the Booker Prize-winner.
A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland's Atlantic coast, The Green Road is a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion - a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we learn to fill them.
The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she's decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold.
Anne Enright is addicted to the truth of things. Sentence by sentence, there are few writers alive who can invest the language with such torque and gleam, such wit and longing - who can write dialogue that speaks itself aloud, who can show us the million splinters of her characters' lives then pull them back up together again, into a perfect glass.
Caroline Baum's review
I had a not particularly enjoyable or fruitful time interviewing Anne Enright a few years ago. She was hungover, I didn't realise and just pressed on relentlessly and she did not appreciate it so I got a dose of her acerbic prose in person. But that really has not dimmed my admiration for her writing and I feel that somehow this quiet novel slipped through the net and did not get the attention it deserved this year.
Enright is a dazzling stylist, with an unmistakeable voice. Her understanding of family dynamics, and of intergenerational pressures in Ireland is unrivalled. You keep thinking: how does she know that, while marvelling at a structure that weaves its strands together into an effortlessly beautiful tapestry. Here she demonstrates yet again her mordant humour and laser sharp insight into dysfunctional families of siblings scattered around the world dealing with ageing parents.
About the Author
Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published two collection of stories, collected as Yesterday's Weather, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and five novels, including The Gathering, which was the Irish Novel of the Year, and won the Irish Fiction Award and the 2007 Man Booker Prize, and The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. She is the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction.
"Confirms her as one of the most significant writers of her generation... A master. She has certainly produced a masterly work." Sunday Times "The Green Road is true and rueful, as terribly adult in its clarity as its battered Madigans." -- James Wood New Yorker "Enright is a shape-shifter who gets into the nerve centres of her creations; the power of her prose lies in its absence of ego. The Green Road is a devastating novel about home and how savage a place it can be." -- Frances Wilson New Statesman "This novel should confirm Enright's status as one of our (their?) greatest living novelists. I hope she can be persuaded to do a sequel." -- John Sutherland The Times "[A] brilliant, devastating, radical novel." -- Kate Clanchy Guardian
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st May 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.5 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1