The Forgotten Waltz

The Forgotten Waltz

by Anne Enright
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Overview

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393083255
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/02/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 263
Sales rank: 523,391
File size: 426 KB

About the Author

Anne Enright's most recent novel was the international bestseller The Gathering, which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize. She lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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The Forgotten Waltz 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
inparadise More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't get past the first 50 pages. A sad waste of time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not enjoy. Could not get past the first few chapters. Disjointed and uninteresting content. Doesn't read as the description sounds.
DudleyS More than 1 year ago
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.
StephenSLC More than 1 year ago
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.
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This book is awesome. Anne Enright knows how to wrie a story with emotion and feeling.
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wordz More than 1 year ago
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.
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