Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2007
The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather 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. His sister Veronica was there then, as she is now: keeping the dead man company, just for another little while.
The Gathering is a family epic, condensed and clarified through the remarkable lens of Anne Enright’s unblinking eye. It is also a sexual history: tracing the line of hurt and redemption through three generations – starting with the grandmother, Ada Merriman – showing how memories warp and family secrets fester. 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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Anne Enright and Fiona Shaw a Killer Combination.
Yes, it was funny and sad and painfully accurate when it came to families.
I loved the memories of the interplay between the kids when they were little.
She was brilliant at them all, obviously.
This was the first time I have come across Anne Enright's writing, I have now gone straight on to The Green Road.