Actress: A Novel

Actress: A Novel

by Anne Enright

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Overview

Longlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction

One of Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2020


“A critique, a confession, a love letter—and another brilliant novel from Anne Enright.” —Ron Charles, Washington Post

Katherine O’Dell is an Irish theater legend. Every moment of her life is a performance, with her daughter, Norah, standing in the wings. With age, alcohol, and dimming stardom, however, Katherine’s grip on reality grows fitful. Fueled by a proud and long-simmering rage, she commits a bizarre crime.

As Norah’s role gradually changes to Katherine’s protector, caregiver, and finally legacy-keeper, she revisits her mother’s life of fiercely kept secrets; and Norah confronts in turn the secrets of her own sexual and emotional coming-of-age. With virtuosic storytelling, Actress weaves together two generations of women with difficult sexual histories, touching a raw and timely nerve.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393541458
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/02/2021
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 159,518
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Anne Enright is the author of six novels, most recently Actress. The Gathering won the Man Booker Prize and The Forgotten Waltz won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. She lives in Dublin.

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