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Gathering, the (2007) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

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.

Original title: The Gathering
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionRural & Small Town Life

Edition #1: The Gathering

The Gathering (2007)
Awards: The Man Booker Prize (2007)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "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. The Gathering is her best book." Colm Toibin
  • "A lyrical meditation on memory and connectedness involving three generations of an Irish Ali Smith, Enright is an original." Kirkus Reviews
  • "The product of a remarkable intelligence." The Guardian
  • "Toweringly moving, it grabs and shakes you...Compulsive, daring, concise, and searing...Veronica Hegarty is Enright's most stunning creation, so fully realized that the words simply melt into pictures and moods." The Scotsman
  • "Despite some thematic similarities with Edna O'Brien...Enright is more interestingly placed among experimental, if otherwise diverse, Irish writers such as John Banville and Patrick McCabe...This is an admirable novel." Times Literary Supplement
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The Gathering (2007)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: London, UK
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
ISBN: 9780224078733
Dimensions: 5.6 x 8.6 x 1.2 in
Pages: 272

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The Gathering (2007)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Black Cat
ISBN: 9780802170392
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.3 x 0.7 in
Pages: 272

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