The Green RoadBook - 2015
"Ardeevin, County Clare, Ireland. 1980. When her oldest brother Dan announces he will enter the priesthood, young Hanna watches her mother howl in agony and retreat to her room. In the years that follow, the Madigan children leave one by one: Dan for the frenzy of New York under the shadow of AIDS; Constance for a hospital in Limerick, where petty antics follow simple tragedy; Emmet for the backlands of Mali, where he learns the fragility of love and order; and Hanna for modern-day Dublin and the trials of her own motherhood. When Christmas Day reunites the children under one roof, each confronts the terrible weight of family ties and the journey that brought them home" -- provided by publisher.
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Inside of the dullest exterior there is drama, a comedy and a tragedy."
"Emmett blamed his mother. You could tell Rosaleen about disease, war and mudslides and she would look faintly puzzled, because there were, clearly, much more interesting things happening in the County Clare.... A local gossip, that is what his mother allowed, and only of a particular kind. Marriages, deaths, accidents: she lived for a head-on collision, a bad bend in the road. Her own ailments of course, other people's diseases".
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With THE GREEN ROAD, Anne Enright proves her mettle for contemporary fiction. Her attention to character is unsurpassed; her gift for gab, refreshing. On reading her, it's easy to imagine the story being told in a brogue, lilting and thick with history. No wonder THE GREEN ROAD received the Irish Book Awards' Novel of the Year.
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