The Green Road
By the Booker Award-winning bestselling author of The Gathering, The Green Road is Anne Enright's virtuoso new novel, her most compelling and powerful to date
A darkly glinting novel set mainly in a small town on Ireland's Atlantic coast, The Green Road is a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion -- a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we learn to fill them.
The children of Rosaleen Madigan grow up in the West of Ireland, in a world that is about to change. When her oldest brother, Dan, announces he will enter the priesthood, young Hanna watches her mother retreat in sorrow to her bed. In the years that follow, three of the children leave home for lives they could never have imagined. Dan for the frenzy of New York under the shadow of AIDS; Emmet for the backlands of Mali where he learns the fragility of love and order; actress Hanna for modern-day Dublin and the trials of motherhood. In her early old age, their difficult, wonderful mother, Rosaleen, decides to sell the family home, the house she was born in and where she raised her own family, with all its ghosts and memories. Her adult children visit for Christmas, carrying with them the complications of their present lives and the old needs of childhood as they are brought face to face with their mother's ageing and the effects her decision will have on them all.
In this extraordinary and intimate story of one family, Enright has also given us a portrait of our times. This is a major work of fiction by one of the most exciting writers of our time.
A book about family, selfishness and compassion on Ireland's Atlantic coast, from the Booker Prize-winner. Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Novel Award Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize
Shortlisted for Costa Novel Award 2015. Long-listed for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015. Baileys Shortlist 2016
"Confirms her as one of the most significant writers of her generation... A master. She has certainly produced a masterly work." Sunday Times "The Green Road is true and rueful, as terribly adult in its clarity as its battered Madigans." -- James Wood New Yorker "Enright is a shape-shifter who gets into the nerve centres of her creations; the power of her prose lies in its absence of ego. The Green Road is a devastating novel about home and how savage a place it can be." -- Frances Wilson New Statesman "This novel should confirm Enright's status as one of our (their?) greatest living novelists. I hope she can be persuaded to do a sequel." -- John Sutherland The Times "[A] brilliant, devastating, radical novel." -- Kate Clanchy Guardian
Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published two collection of stories, collected as Yesterday's Weather, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and five novels, including The Gathering, which was the Irish Novel of the Year, and won the Irish Fiction Award and the 2007 Man Booker Prize, and The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. She is the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction.