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The Green Road

Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016

By Anne Enright

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 May 2015
Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Novel Award Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize 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.

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A book about family, selfishness and compassion on Ireland's Atlantic coast, from the Booker Prize-winner. Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Novel Award Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

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.

Reviews

"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

EAN: 9780224089067
ISBN: 0224089064
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 x 2.3 centimetres (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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