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Enright Wins 2007 Man Booker Prize

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2007 at 4:10pm

The odds were against her, but Anne Enright has been picked by the judges of the 2007 Man Booker Prize over leading contenders Ian McEwan and Lloyd Jones.

Her novel, The Gathering, takes "an unflinching look at a grieving family in tough and striking language" according to Howard Davies, chair of the panel.

Both McEwan (for On Chesil Beach) and Jones (for Mister Pip) were considered to be most likely to win the award.

In her review of the book in the Guardian, fellow author A. L. Kennedy stated that "Enright's work is neither mindless nor inhuman; it is clearly the product of a remarkable intelligence, combined with a gift for observation and deduction. She has uncovered the truth that sometimes our great adventures are interior."

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The Gathering

- by Anne Enright

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Winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Anne Enright is a dazzling writer of international stature and one of Ireland’s most singular voices. Now she delivers The Gathering, a moving, evocative portrait of a large Irish family and a shot of fresh blood into the Irish literary tradition, combining the lyricism of the old with the shock of the new. The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan are gathering in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother, Liam, drowned in the sea. His sister, Veronica, collects the body and keeps the dead man company, guarding the secret she shares with him—something that happened in their grandmother’s house in the winter of 1968. As Enright traces the line of betrayal and redemption through three generations her distinctive intelligence twists the world a fraction and gives it back to us in a new and unforgettable light. The Gathering is a daring, witty, and insightful family epic, clarified through Anne Enright’s unblinking eye. It is a novel about love and disappointment, about how memories warp and secrets fester, and how fate is written in the body, not in the stars.