The Forgotten Waltz

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2012 Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Award for Excellence in Literature

"This stunning novel by a Booker Prize winner . . . Offers up its brilliance by way of astonishingly effective storytelling."—Booklist, starred review

"A

new, unapologetic kind of adultery novel.
Narrated by the proverbial other woman—Gina Moynihan, a sharp, sexy, darkly funny thirtysomething IT worker—The ...

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Overview

2012 Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Award for Excellence in Literature

"This stunning novel by a Booker Prize winner . . . Offers up its brilliance by way of astonishingly effective storytelling."—Booklist, starred review

"A

new, unapologetic kind of adultery novel.
Narrated by the proverbial other woman—Gina Moynihan, a sharp, sexy, darkly funny thirtysomething IT worker—The Forgotten Waltz charts an extramarital affair from first encounter to arranged, settled, everyday domesticity. . . . This novel’s beauty lies in
Enright’s spare, poetic, off-kilter prose—at once heartbreaking and subversively funny. It’s built of startling little surprises and one fresh sentence after another. Enright captures the heady eroticism of an extramarital affair and the incendiary egomania that accompanies secret passion: For all their utter ordinariness, Sean and Gina feel like the greatest lovers who've ever lived.”—Elle

Winner of the 2012 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
…so beautifully written that you could read it once just for the dazzle of the prose, then start over for the content…The sensibility is subtle and complex, as the narrative explores connections between desire and responsibility…and the complicated ways in which duty is refracted into the rest of our lives. It's about love, and sex, and the sinuous, unexpected paths they create, and the way they are inevitably entwined with family. It's about fear and obligation and passion and ways in which we explain our actions to ourselves. The way we give up something we thought essential, for something that is. It's hard to say which is more satisfying about this book: its emotional complexities or the frugal elegance of its prose.
—Roxana Robinson
The New York Times Book Review
The Forgotten Waltz is a nervy enterprise, an audacious bait-and-switch. Cloaked in a novel about a love affair is a ferocious indictment of the self-involved material girls our era has produced. Enright's channeling of Gina's interior monologue is so accurate and unsparing that reading her book is, at times, like eavesdropping on a very long, crazily intimate cellphone conversation. It's a testament to the unwavering fierceness of Enright's project that I mean this as high praise. We've all met people like the characters in her book. Neither evil nor good, they're merely awful in entirely ordinary ways. And it's impressive, how skillfully Anne Enright has gotten them on the page.
—Francine Prose
Publishers Weekly
In this gorgeous critique of Ireland as the Celtic Tiger draws its dying breaths, Enright chronicles an affair between 32-year-old Gina Moynihan, and Seán Vallely, a rich, dutiful husband and a devoted if somewhat inept father to the otherworldly, epileptic Evie, not yet 13. Set against a backdrop of easy money, second homes, and gratuitous spending, the dissolution of Gina's and Sean's marriages is both an antidote to and a symptom of the economic prosperity that gripped the country until its sudden and devastating fall from grace in 2008: "In Ireland, if you leave the house and there is a divorce, then you lose the house.... You have to sleep there to keep your claim.... You think it is about sex, and then you remember the money." There are, as with any affair, casualties, but what weighs most heavily on Gina is not what will become of her husband, Conor, but rather Evie, who sees Gina kissing her father, and innocently asks if she might be kissed too, oblivious to the fact that this moment heralds the end of her family. She eventually becomes all too aware that her father is gone and that she's stuck with her sad, neurotic mother. And so the question that remains at the end of this masterful and deeply satisfying novel is not just what will happen to Ireland, but what will happen to Evie? (Oct.)
Library Journal
She's a sharp-tongued home wrecker who doesn't try to ingratiate herself. But in this corrosively beautiful novel from Man Booker Prize winner Enright (The Gathering), you want to drag back Gina Moynihan as she recounts plunging headlong into the affair that will change her life. Gina met Seán Vallely at sister Fiona's house and first made love to him, without much preamble, while drunk at a business conference. Lectured by her sister, who proclaims that their just-deceased mother would have been mortified, Gina silently disagrees. Surely Mum would have appreciated this affair, which has liberated Gina from…what? The dread of domesticity with teddybearish but somewhat dense husband Conor? Boredom with a lock-step job in Ireland's grim economy? Writing with cool, clear-eyed logic, Enright is brave and persuasive enough to paint Seán as less than ideal; he's a rigid bully and not overwhelmingly attractive. Through Gina's determined pursuit of their relationship, we see the stupefying nature of desire, which Enright deftly contrasts with the sometimes equally stupefying nature of parenting; Gina's big competition is not Seán's wife but his sweet, not-quite-right daughter. VERDICT A breathtaking work that will surprise you; highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 4/11/11.]—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews

An adulterous love affair and Ireland's financial collapse overlap in the consistently impressive latest from the Man Booker Prize winner.

Real estate, materialism and family ties form the background to the story of an intense physical liaison between Gina Moynihan and Sean Vallely, narrated by Gina in a voice simultaneously smart and cynical, wry and all too conscious of the impact of their actions. With exquisite perception, Enright (Yesterday's Weather,2008, etc.) lifts a conventional story of infidelity into a larger study of connection, catastrophe and anguish, leavened by dark humor. What begins as a casual, clandestine sequence of encounters in hotel rooms between two married individuals slowly gathers momentum and, as her mother dies and the property market implodes, Gina's drift away from the husband she has loved becomes complete. The lovers end up living in Gina's mother's old home, previously valued at "two and a bit" but now worth nothing as no one will buy. Not so much a love story, more a consideration of female bonds and choices—men, work, children—and the unruly depths of human emotions, Enright's book once again brings melancholy lyricism to a domestic scenario and lifts it into another dimension.

In rueful, witty, unpredictable and compassionate prose, Enright gives expression to subtle, affecting shades of human interaction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410442666
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/16/2011
  • Series: A Ralph Compton Novel
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Enright is the author of two volumes of stories and four novels including The Gathering, which won the Man Booker Prize, and The Forgotten Waltz. She lives in Dublin, Ireland.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    What a Treat!

    I'm ashamed to admit that I was unfamiliar with this author's work, so reading an advance copy of The Forgotten Waltz was a wonderful introduction to a truly gifted writer. I had the pleasure of hearing Enright speak recently, and her lilting Irish voice comes through in her writing, filling this novel with interesting phrases and characters. I consider it a cautionary tale for those who might be tempted to stray from their marriage vows: Gina Moynihan, a thirty-something Dubliner, is seemingly happily married until she meets Sean Vallely. A neighbor of her sister's, she is attracted to him, eventually considering him to be the love of her life. Throughout the story, Enright weaves the pleasures (and perils) of an affair and gives us insight into Gina's relationships with her sister, parents, and husband. I was particularly intrigued by her interaction with Sean's young daughter, Evie. All in all, this was a delightful read, and I highly recommend it. I think book clubs will find a lot to chew on, with fodder for some lively discussion. And I'm eagerly anticipating the arrival of Enright's Man Booker Prize winner, "The Gathering," which I've just ordered!

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Don't waste your time or money

    The plot of this book was so shallow and boring that it was a torture to read. I forced myself to finish it because I paid money for it. The ending was very disjointed.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Couldn't get past the first 50 pages. A sad waste of time and m

    Couldn't get past the first 50 pages. A sad waste of time and money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Yuck

    Did not enjoy. Could not get past the first few chapters. Disjointed and uninteresting content. Doesn't read as the description sounds.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I want to read the book that inspired the overview on the inside

    I want to read the book that inspired the overview on the inside flap of this book. That story looks interesting. The actual story in "The Forgotten Waltz" left me wondering "why?".

    I found the main character, Gina, to be lacking in character. We know nothing about who she actually is as she rambles from one topic to another making little sense. In the first 60 page of the book we learn about Gina falling madly in love with the man she ends up marrying and at the same time she finds nothing redeeming about the man she has an affair with, Sean. Even after she has sex with Sean, she has nothing kind to say about him giving us no idea why she would want to have an affair with him.



    The characters are written at a very shallow level, resulting in the reader looking fruitlessly for a reason to care about any of them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Great

    This book is awesome. Anne Enright knows how to wrie a story with emotion and feeling.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    must need money

    The problem with this book was it really was not very interesting at all ...I kept waiting for something to happen.. The thought hit me that maybe this author wrote this because she needed money, otherwise it was a waste of her for her name.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

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    Surprisingly good read

    This was a surprising book, and held my interest from the third page on, and then never wavered. It had a good plot, and emotional barriers crashed down throughout the book. I really liked this one. My girlfriend and I were happy with our find. It is a treasure. I hope this author gets recognition she deserves. Also happy with The Chateau - another good author that should get recognition for her story telling, and ability to keep the reader glued from first page until the last surprising ending. Twists, turns and all kinds of unexpected things surfaced in this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Thought provoking

    As the author is from Dublin, I got lost in some of the nuances of the languge, causing confusion at times. However the story itself is age old and universally understood. At times the timeline was difficult to follow but it all seemed to come together near the end where all explanatons were tied to Evie. An insightful and thought provoking read.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Painful

    I hated this book and could not finish it

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Wonderful!

    Wonderful!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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