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The Gathering

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The Gathering by Anne Enright is out in hardcover at 20 euros.

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, but 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.

This is a big family epic, condensed and clarified through the remarkable lens of Anne Enright’s eye. It is also a sexual history: tracing the line of hurt and redemption through three generations, showing how memories warp and family secrets fester.

It is a novel about love and disappointment, about thwarted lust and desire, and how our fate is written through nature and nurture, not 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 Anne Enright’s work, this is a book of daring, wit and insight.