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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.
©2015 greengirl limited (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd
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By Angi on 05-23-16

The dialogue is superb

It was more like listening to a drama than reading a book, the dialogue was a brilliant character study and I especially enjoyed the matriarch with her devious and charming manipulation of the family. I laughed and cried, the reader made this audiobook as much as the writer.
I found the arrangement of different characters and stories a little dislocated at times and the ending was abrupt.
But I will listen to it again, the novel drops you right into the centre of Irish life, wherever it is, either in New York, Africa or the Emerald Isle itself!.

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By Susan on 01-20-16

A NEW DIRECTION FOR ENRIGHT

While Enright retains the fluid prose that so draws me to her writing, this book - The Green Mile - is perhaps somewhat less lyrical than The Last Waltz or others.
But the story is a good one. I'd like it to have been longer, with the characters, who I found quite compelling, to have been drawn a little more fully.
She is a beautiful storyteller, of superb talent and wit. I hope we continue to hear from her for years to come.

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By Sharon on 08-23-15

Another Family Gathering

Would you consider the audio edition of The Green Road to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed both together and the audiobook added significantly to my enjoyment of the book. However, the writing is so richly detailed that i would be scared I would miss something without the print book in my hand.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Green Road?

I loved every page of it, but especially loved the stories of matriach Rosaleen's four children after they leave home. Was most moved by the story of burned out aid worker Emmet and the dog which enters his life, courtesy of his girlfriend, Alice.

What about Caroline Lennon’s performance did you like?

It was so nice to hear it read in an Irish accent, and her voice brought out the poetry of the language. She dramatised the dialogue very well, and brought alive the individual voices.

(She was a little bit fast though and someone should tell her how to pronounce Aceh!)

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

No matter how old you get, you never escape your need for your mother's approval.

Any additional comments?

I really loved this book and thought it so much better than Enright's earlier novel The Gathering. I hope it will be at least shortlisted for the Booker in 2015.

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By ros on 04-12-16

Wonderful book and beautifully read

Beautifully drawn characters and great attention to detail and dialogue. I haven't enjoyed a book so much since I listened to the Goldfinch. I am yet to read the others on the shortlist for the Bailey's Women's prize for fiction, but am sure this is a very worthy winner.

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By Avril on 06-17-17

beautifully spoken<br />

maybe it is that the story is too close to home but I felt that there was no story to be told at all

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By Meena Kadri on 10-17-15

Get drawn in to an exquisite family drama

A top listen. Not only for it's appealing accent but also for it's interwoven characters... all who stand alone yet are connected through a mother who they later congregate around. The diversity of sibling stories surprised me and yet you're drawn back to their original home and hearth and feel you really know them by then. Highly recommended.

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