The Gathering by Anne Enright

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Anne Enright is a dazzling writer of international stature and one of Ireland’s most singular voices. Now she delivers The Gathering, a moving, evocative portrait of a large Irish family and a shot of fresh blood into the Irish literary tradition, combining the lyricism of the old with the shock of the new. 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 her distinctive intelligence twists the world a fraction and gives it back to us in a new and unforgettable light. The Gathering is a daring, witty, and insightful family epic, clarified through Anne Enright’s unblinking eye. It is a novel about love and disappointment, about how memories warp and secrets fester, and how fate is written in the body, not in the stars.
 

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 December 1, 2007 by Grove/Atlantic, Inc.. 276 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Her mother bore 12 children and suffered seven miscarriages, yet it is a single death, of Veronica’s troubled older brother Liam, which pulls the narrative together.

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The New York Times

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The Irish author Anne Enright won the Man Booker prize on Tuesday night for “The Gathering,” a novel that confronts three generations’ worth of family secrets.

Oct 17 2007 | Read Full Review of The Gathering

The New York Times

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“Even your sister — your savior in a way, the girl who stands in the light of the hall — even she does not hold or remember the thing she saw.” Veronica knows her searching can’t change what’s happened — “What use is the truth to us now?” — but her guilt has no off switch.

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The Guardian

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The Hegartys in Anne Enright's stunning new book The Gathering are 12 - Midge, Bea, Ernest, Stevie, Ita, Mossie, Liam, Veronica, Kitty, Alice and the twins, Ivor and Jem.

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The Guardian

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Sex - for Enright, as for John Banville - is a kind of gleefully appalling slapstick that dogs humanity and leaves it betrayed.

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NPR

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Irish author Anne Enright heads for the familiar terrain of the dysfunctional family in The Gathering. Last fall, the novel was awarded Britain's highest literary honor, the Man Booker Prize.

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Suite 101

From the author of P.S I Love You comes a funny, magical and heart-warming story that explores what happens when you ignore your life.

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The Bookbag

She thinks she has an explanation: one in tune with our popular, current, early-21st century understandings of what causes people to become maladjusted and she latches onto this explanation, choosing it as the focal point of her story, clinging to it desperately: one period when, during her mothe...

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PopMatters

No … I remember how much he wanted to have sex with someone else, when that someone else was me.” Enright strikes just the right tone here, allowing Veronica to voice her own vulnerability at the same time she embraces a somewhat untoward impulse to assign blame.

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London Review of Books

The rest of the story – Liam’s story – needs to unravel from here.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Patricia Craig Los Angeles Times 4 of 5 Stars "Enright has written a wonderfully elegant and unsparing novel that takes the old Irish subjects of family dysfunction and the vagaries of memory into territory made fresh by an objectivity so precise it seems almost loving in its care.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Now she delivers The Gathering, a moving, evocative portrait of a large Irish family and a shot of fresh blood into the Irish literary tradition, combining the lyricism of the old with the shock of the new.

May 28 2012 | Read Full Review of The Gathering

Project MUSE

Testimony, an eyewitness account of happenings in the past, is customarily solicited in a trial when “the facts upon which justice must pronounce its verdict are not clear, when historical accuracy is in doubt, and when both the truth and its supporting elements of evidence are called into questi...

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New Zealand Woman's Weekly

I don’t generally review books I don’t absolutely love but this is an exception because it won the prestigious oan Booker Prize this year.

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The Blurb

Enright has an ear for a memorable title - The Portable Virgin, The Wig My Father Wore - so at first sight The Gathering seems a little banal.

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Classic Book Club

I do like to always find a positive in a book as I can appreciate the hard work of the author in creating it, but I really struggled to find any positives about this book at all.

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