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ISBN13: 9780802170392
ISBN10: 0802170390
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Awards

Winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize
Winner of the 2008 Irish Book Award for Best Novel

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The new novel from one of Ireland's most prominent voices, The Gathering is an extraordinary anatomization of a family confronting the ghosts of its history.

A dazzling writer of international stature, Anne Enright is one of Ireland's most singular voices. Now she delivers The Gathering, a return to an intimate canvas and a moving, evocative portrait of a large Irish family haunted by the past.

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, she shows how memories warp and secrets fester. The Gathering is a family epic, clarified through Anne Enright's unblinking eye. This is a novel about love and disappointment, about how fate is written in the body, not in the stars.

The Gathering sends fresh blood through the Irish literary tradition, combining the lyricism of the old with the shock of the new. As in all of Anne Enright's work, this is a book of daring, wit, and insight, her distinctive intelligence twisting the world a fraction and giving it back to us in a new and unforgettable light.

Review:

"'In the taut latest from Enright (What Are You Like?), middle-aged Veronica Hegarty, the middle child in an Irish-Catholic family of nine, traces the aftermath of a tragedy that has claimed the life of rebellious elder brother Liam. As Veronica travels to London to bring Liam's body back to Dublin, her deep-seated resentment toward her overly passive mother and her dissatisfaction with her husband and children come to the fore. Tempers flare as the family assembles for Liam's wake, and a secret Veronica has concealed since childhood comes to light. Enright skillfully avoids sentimentality as she explores Veronica's past and her complicated relationship with Liam. She also bracingly imagines the life of Veronica's strong-willed grandmother, Ada. A melancholic love and rage bubbles just beneath the surface of this Dublin clan, and Enright explores it unflinchingly." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"There is something livid and much that is stunning about 'The Gathering,' which deservedly won this year's Man Booker Prize. Anger brushes off every page, a species of rage that aches to confront silence and speak truth, at last. The book's narrative tone echoes Joan Didion's furious, cool grief, but the richest comparison may be with James Joyce's 'Dubliners,' of which the author, always his own... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Anne Enright's style is as sharp and brilliant as Joan Didion's; the scope of her understanding is as wide as Alice Munro's; her sympathy for her characters is as tender and subtle as Alice McDermott's; her vision of Ireland is as brave and original as Edna O'Brien's. The Gathering is her best book." Colm Toibin, author of The Master and Mothers and Sons

Review:

"In the supercharged beauty of her oddly brittle, spiky sentences, you hear the cadences of the incomparable Don DeLillo....The penetrating exploration of domestic relationships, especially among women, calls to mind...Anne Tyler." Newsday

Review:

"Delivers with sharp wit and a huge heart." Elle

Review:

"A dreamy, melancholy swirl of a story, wise about the bonds and burdens linking children to each other and their grown selves." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"While readers won't be drawn to the characters, anyone who perseveres will find a story of harsh redemption and of a future found in a child's blue eyes." Library Journal

About the Author

Anne Enright's work has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's, The New Yorker, and The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction.

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paris2002, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by paris2002)
To my mind the work of a compartmentalized mind: acute psychological perception on the one hand and bizarre dissociation on the other, making for a disturbing story by a woman I'd love to break bread with, out of admiration and sheer curiosity.
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Elizabeth L, January 25, 2010 (view all comments by Elizabeth L)
Anyone who is mildly familiar with Irish literature (or literary tropes) will recognize the themes of Enright's novel: Catholicism, alcoholism, English antagonism, and the like. However, Enright brings something new to these familiar subjects: a female protagonist. Furthermore, she invests her with a deity-like ability to hearken forward and backward across the "real time" of the novel, recalling moments both from her own childhood as well as her grandparents' with a command as fantastic as it is affective. (I was reminded of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, where certain narrators are given the ability to describe they couldn't have possibly witnessed as if they were, in fact, right there.) Though the narrative's momentum (perhaps due to its constant jumps through time) lags at points, what emerges is a vivid portrait of the horrors of family, the powers of memory, and the inevitability of repetition and return. I remember this novel being a controversial pick when it won the Booker Prize in 2007, but I was continually impressed by its power to render old themes in a new way while simultaneously feeling representative of its cultural and literary roots.
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JebJab, December 31, 2008 (view all comments by JebJab)
I've got to agree with madelaine support on this one. Except I'm not even giving this book one star. I have maybe 20 pages left until the end. "The Gathering" will make my top ten list, but it will be the top ten all time worst books I've ever read. Mercy me.

I'm also of Irish ancestry and have always loved books about Ireland and my people. This book is so mired in self-pity and perceived tragedies (her grandparent's invented history) I find it hard to believe that it isn't from a vanity press. The book jumps from one point to the other without segue and is hardly more than a study in a housewife's discontent with life in general.

Save yourselves some time and money folks. Don't bother.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802170392
Author:
Enright, Anne
Publisher:
Black Cat
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Family secrets
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 9 oz

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Product details 272 pages Black Cat - English 9780802170392 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'In the taut latest from Enright (What Are You Like?), middle-aged Veronica Hegarty, the middle child in an Irish-Catholic family of nine, traces the aftermath of a tragedy that has claimed the life of rebellious elder brother Liam. As Veronica travels to London to bring Liam's body back to Dublin, her deep-seated resentment toward her overly passive mother and her dissatisfaction with her husband and children come to the fore. Tempers flare as the family assembles for Liam's wake, and a secret Veronica has concealed since childhood comes to light. Enright skillfully avoids sentimentality as she explores Veronica's past and her complicated relationship with Liam. She also bracingly imagines the life of Veronica's strong-willed grandmother, Ada. A melancholic love and rage bubbles just beneath the surface of this Dublin clan, and Enright explores it unflinchingly." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Anne Enright's style is as sharp and brilliant as Joan Didion's; the scope of her understanding is as wide as Alice Munro's; her sympathy for her characters is as tender and subtle as Alice McDermott's; her vision of Ireland is as brave and original as Edna O'Brien's. The Gathering is her best book."
"Review" by , "In the supercharged beauty of her oddly brittle, spiky sentences, you hear the cadences of the incomparable Don DeLillo....The penetrating exploration of domestic relationships, especially among women, calls to mind...Anne Tyler."
"Review" by , "Delivers with sharp wit and a huge heart."
"Review" by , "A dreamy, melancholy swirl of a story, wise about the bonds and burdens linking children to each other and their grown selves."
"Review" by , "While readers won't be drawn to the characters, anyone who perseveres will find a story of harsh redemption and of a future found in a child's blue eyes."
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