The Gathering

  • by Anne Enright
  • Narrated by Fiona Shaw
  • 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2007
The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather together in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother, Liam. It wasn't the drink that killed him -although that certainly helped - it was what happened to him as a boy in his grandmother's house, in the winter of 1968.
Tracing the line of hurt and redemption through three generations, this is a novel about love and disappointment, about thwarted lust and limitless desire, and how our fate is written in the body, not in the stars.

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What the Critics Say

"A fresh, sophisticated take on the ever-popular dysfunctional family saga." (The Irish Times)
"She beautifully describes the way hurt can be inherited....a daring writer-witty, original and inventive....Utterly compelling." ( Daily Mail)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

superbly crafted novel

I am reading this book again after barely finishing it the first time as there was so much nuance and detail that I need to re-immerse myself immediately.
Superficially, it?s a story of a woman whose brother commits suicide and how she and her family cope, but so much more than that. We get to see her marriage and her family history in small, bright glimpses that took me back to forgotten parts of my childhood - sewing the ends of my fingers together by using a needle and thread between the dead and living layers.
I choose this book because it won the Booker and I can see why the judges chose it.
If I could give it six stars I would.
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- Helen

the gathering

finding it a bit hard to get through really, theres quite a bit of sex in it which i didnt realise and dont think it adds to the story, also kind of drawn out but then it is a booker prize winner :( narrator is good tho but am wishing i got something else
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- Deirdre

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-06-2008
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd