The Green Road
A book about family, selfishness and compassion on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, from the Booker Prize-winner.
Hanna, Dan, Constance and Emmet return to the west coast of Ireland for a final family Christmas in the home their mother is about to sell. As the feast turns to near painful comedy, a last, desperate act from Rosaleen – a woman who doesn’t quite know how to love her own children – forces them to confront the weight of family ties and the road that brought them home.
See also: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Novel Award
Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize
**ONE OF THE GUARDIAN’S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY**
[A] brilliant, devastating, radical novel. -- Kate Clanchy * Guardian * 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 * 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 * The Green Road is true and rueful, as terribly adult in its clarity as its battered Madigans. -- James Wood * New Yorker * Confirms her as one of the most significant writers of her generation.... A master. She has certainly produced a masterly work. * Sunday Times *
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