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The Gathering, Signed by Author

Enright, Anne

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ISBN 10: 0224078739 / ISBN 13: 9780224078733
Published by Jonathan Cape, London, 2007
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED BY AUTHOR - signature only on title page. 6th printing. Not price-clipped, remaindered or library withdrawn. Mylar-protected dust jacket. Clean, tight & bright. Dust jacket has moderate wear including a small 1/4 inch tear to back lower corner and a pencil-point puncture on the front near spine. Shipped padded in a box. Bookseller Inventory # 000766

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Title: The Gathering, Signed by Author

Publisher: Jonathan Cape, London

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam. It wasn't the drink that killed him - although that certainly helped - it was what happened to him as a boy in his grandmother's house, in the winter of 1968. The Gathering is a novel about love and disappointment, about thwarted lust and limitless desire, and how our fate is written in the body, not in the stars.

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Amazon Significant Seven, November 2007: Pretty early on in The Gathering you realize that in her lingering portrait of the Hegarty clan (and this isn't hyperbole--they are a family of 12), Irish novelist Anne Enright will wrestle with all the giant literary tropes that have come before her. Family, of course, is the big one, but with equal intensity she explores death and dying, the sea and its siren song, sex, shame, secrecy, unreliable memories, madness, "the drink," and--always in the shadows--England. That said, it's not like any other novel about the Irish that I've read. The story of the Hegartys is indeed bleak, and hard, but it surges with tenderness and eloquent thought which, in the end, are the very things that help this family (or at least her narrator Veronica) survive. Through her eyes, and in Enright's skillful imagination, those small turning-point moments of life that we all know in some form or another--a petty fight, a careless word, an event witnessed--come together in an unshakeable vision of how you become the person you are. --Anne Bartholomew

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