Tuesday February 25, 2020

Book review: The Green Road, Anne Enright

FICTION: The Green Road. By Anne Enright. Jonathan Cape, €17.50. Reviewed by Sara Keating.

28th June, 2015
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Anne Enright’s latest novel is confirmation of her status as Laureate. Picture: Maura Hickey

The first indications from Anne Enright’s new novel The Green Road are ominous, at least for this reviewer. The bucolic lilt of the title; the backward glancing subject matter; the spiritually aspirational characters. (One even wants to be a priest!) The jacket-blurb summary – a dysfunctional clan reunite in rural Ireland to bicker about inheritance – would be enough to have you reaching for the poitín to numb your brain: it sounds like nearly every...

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