The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright
A Novel

78%

6 Critic Reviews

By shining a spotlight on the shadows, Enright makes them sparkle. Gina’s deadpan, hyper-sensitive observations tell it like it really is and paint life and love in their true colours: as terrible, wonderful things.
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2012 Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Award for Excellence in Literature



"This stunning novel by a Booker Prize winner . . . Offers up its brilliance by way of astonishingly effective storytelling."—Booklist, starred review


"A new, unapologetic kind of adultery novel. Narrated by the proverbial other woman—Gina Moynihan, a sharp, sexy, darkly funny thirtysomething IT worker—The Forgotten Waltz charts an extramarital affair from first encounter to arranged, settled, everyday domesticity. . . . This novel’s beauty lies in Enright’s spare, poetic, off-kilter prose—at once heartbreaking and subversively funny. It’s built of startling little surprises and one fresh sentence after another. Enright captures the heady eroticism of an extramarital affair and the incendiary egomania that accompanies secret passion: For all their utter ordinariness, Sean and Gina feel like the greatest lovers who've ever lived.”—Elle
 

About Anne Enright

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ANNE ENRIGHT has published essays, short stories, a non-fiction book about motherhood and five novels including The Gathering, winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize. She lives in Dublin.
 
Published October 3, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 242 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Forgotten Waltz
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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by John Mullan on Mar 23 2012

Could it be that her most dislikeable qualities were also what made her most engaging?

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Guardian

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Reviewed by John Mullan on Mar 09 2012

The peculiar experience of reading The Forgotten Waltz is the growing recognition that Enright's narrator, for all her self-mockery and her alertness to her own folly, is still caught up in the rapture of her story.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by John Mullan on Mar 02 2012

Enright's narrator uses her eye for the ridiculous to absolve herself.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Clare Mchugh on Nov 05 2014

"The Forgotten Waltz" is certainly rueful—a reckoning that love's illusions are not much more that. But the novel is also a beautiful, subtle examination of intimacy, of family life, and of the enduring connection between father and daughter, a bond that wayward adult passion cannot override.

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Globe and Mail

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Moore on Aug 24 2012

Anne Enright's The Forgotten Waltz...provocative, sexy, romantic, distinctive and gorgeously crafted.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Becky Toyne on Jun 03 2011

By shining a spotlight on the shadows, Enright makes them sparkle. Gina’s deadpan, hyper-sensitive observations tell it like it really is and paint life and love in their true colours: as terrible, wonderful things.

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