The Green Road
“Dan – Excerpt”
“Dan” is an excerpt from Anne Enright’s new novel, THE GREEN ROAD (W.W. Norton, 2015). Enright has published three story collections and six novels including The Gathering, which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize, and The Forgotten Waltz, shortlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction.
Before winning the Man Booker Prize, Enright had a low profile in Ireland and the United Kingdom, although her books were favorably reviewed and widely praised. Her writing explores themes such as family relationships, love and sex, Ireland’s difficult past and its modern zeitgeist. Enright lives in Sandycove, County Dublin, with her husband and children.
Her new novel has received much critical praise:
“A rich, capacious story, buoyed by tender humor…. The Green Road…offers a survey of Enright’s magnificent dexterity…. There’s nothing she can’t do with perspective, tone and time.” — Ron Charles, Washington Post
“A book of brawny prose sheathed in cool intelligence.” — The Economist
“Enright, newly crowned as the first Irish Fiction Laureate, has her own distinctive voice. She is witty, sharp, profound, perceptive and often very funny as she slyly undercuts her characters’ self-deceptions.” — Sue Gaisford, Financial Times
“This looping story of four siblings coping differently with the smothering embrace of their amusingly melodramatic mother…may be even better than its close cousin, The Gathering, which won the 2007 Booker prize. As locales shift from a stubby Irish village to AIDS-ravaged gay Manhattan and famine-torn Mali, so do the tone and point of view, over which Enright exercises perfect control.” — Boris Kachka, New York Magazine
“This novel is a vibrant family portrait, both pitiless and compassionate, witty and stark, of simple people living quiet lives of anguish, sometimes redeemed by moments of grace.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred review
“Anne Enright has been writing brilliant, glittering fiction for 25 years…. She has produced a masterly work.” — Christina Patterson, Sunday Times (UK)