Prose full of joy in Enright’s novel full of heartbreak

THE GATHERING. By Anne Enright, Jonathan Cape, €16

19th May, 2007

THE GATHERING. By Anne Enright, Jonathan Cape, €16

To describe the large and tumultuous family of Veronica Hegarty - the unforgiving, deeply human heroine of Anne Enright’s new novel - as dysfunctional, seems inappropriate. Not because they are a healthy, loving clan, but because their problems are so terrifyingly everyday.

The secret at the heart of the family history surrounds Veronica’s brother, Liam, who was the closest to her in age and attitude...

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