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The Green Road by Anne Enright
  

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Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Fiction Award 2016.

Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016.

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2015.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015.

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.

Costa Judges' comment: “A masterful portrait of a fractured family told in stark yet sparkling prose.”

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The four Madigan children are raised by Rosaleen, who feels that she is better than those around her in County Clare. She’s impossible to please, but her children love her. Enright gives the reader an insight into the chaotic Madigan household when the children are young, before giving us a glimpse of their varied adult lives. Dan turns his back on the priesthood to become an art dealer in New York, while Emmet works amongst the poor and sick of Africa. Hannah is a struggling actress in Dublin, while Constance stays nearer home, but marries beneath her, even if her husband is a successful property developer. Living alone, after the death of her husband, Rosaleen tells the children that she will sell the family home, so they gather for one last Christmas in Clare. Enright captures beautifully the tensions of such forced festive gatherings, the sibling rivalry and the maternal melancholy of a woman who does not understand her feelings towards her own children.
~ Anthony Lafferty

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Synopsis

The Green Road by Anne Enright

Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Novel Award. Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. Winner of the Irish Novel of the Year 2015. Hanna, Dan, Constance and Emmet return to the west coast of Ireland for a final family Christmas in the home their mother is about to sell. As the feast turns to near painful comedy, a last, desperate act from Rosaleen - a woman who doesn't quite know how to love her children - forces them to confront the weight of family ties and the road that brought them home.


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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

About the Author

Anne Enright

Anne Enright was born in Dublin and now lives and works in County Wicklow. She is the author of a collection of stories, The Portable Virgin, which won the Rooney Prize, and three novels, The Wig My Father Wore, What Are You Like? which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and won the Encore Award, and The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch.

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Publication date

7th January 2016

Author

Anne Enright

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099539797

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