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The Wig My Father Wore

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The second novel to be published in America by widely acclaimed Irish author Anne Enright, The Wig My Father Wore is a spry, hilarious novel about parents, love, religion, and the absurdities of them all. Grace is a young Dubliner who works on a television show called Love Quiz. Her father is going benignly senile, but her life otherwise seems fairly solid. When Stephen arrives on her doorstep, however, Grace has no idea what she's in for. Stephen explains that he is an angel, a former bridge builder who committed suicide in 1934. He has been sent back to earth (as all suicides are) to guide lost souls. Grace does not take this personally at first, but eventually she has to face the idea that things are not so easy, and that her greatest intimacy is with this supernatural creature. As Grace begins to take stock of her life and the prospect of caring enough about something to fight for it, The Wig My Father Wore takes us on a moving, surreal romp through Catholicism, parents, and the reclamation of love from the twin modern evils of cynicism and the detritus of pop culture.

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Funny, poignant, and surreal, Irish writer Enright's first novel, though the second to be published in the U.S. after What Are You Like? [BKL Ag 00], tells the story of an angel's visitation to Grace, an unconventional young Dublin woman. Stephan, the angel, was an ordinary man who committed suicide and is now growing his wings by "setting despair to rights." Grace works for a television program called The Love Quiz, which is as tawdry as one might imagine, with a crew as lovingly close and destructive as any dysfunctional family, and her actual family is just as ordinary and bizarre. Curiously, Grace's father, who suffers from Alzheimer's, speaks with the most wisdom, and his wig is treated like a member of the family. Enright explores love, faith, and familial relationships in a way never before seen, combining chaos with insights that ring true in a novel that won't engage everyone but that will reward those bold enough to stick with it. Danise Hoover
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