Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2007
Regarded as one of her country's foremost voices, Irish author Anne Enright makes a fresh mark on a rich literary tradition. The Gathering is a deeply insightful family saga, steeped in secrets and intrigue, unfolding over three generations.
"Enright's hypnotic prose turns...desperation into something fierce and beautiful." (Booklist)
"A melancholic love and rage bubbles just beneath the surface of this Dublin clan, and Enright explores it unflinchingly." (Publishers Weekly)
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Not For Everyone
So Irish, yet Universal
Family, Irish, Generations
The flow of familial ties from generation to generation - the sense of time and blood ties flowing like a river without beginning or end.
The wake - recognizing Liam's child.
It appears some listeners are put off by the darkness of the book. As a survivor of family suicide I can say the book is spot on about the aftermath of suicide. It is dark, but charmingly Irish, and relieved by the dark humor so essential to surviving family tragedies. The narrator is a gifted actress and made the story authentic and more enjoyable.