The Wren, The Wren Signed Edition
From the Booker Prize-winning author
Published:31st Aug '23
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Carmel had been alone all her life. The baby knew this. They looked at each other, and all of time was there. The baby knew how vast her mother's loneliness had been.
A contemporary novel of daughterhood and motherhood, from the Booker Prize-winning Irish author
'A magnificent novel'
SALLY ROONEY, author of NORMAL PEOPLE
'Might just be her best yet'
LOUISE KENNEDY, author of TRESPASSES
'Gem-packed language... A must-read'
MARGARET ATWOOD, author of THE HANDMAID'S TALE (via Twitter)
Nell - funny, brave and so much loved - is a young woman with adventure on her mind. As she sets out into the world, she finds her family history hard to escape. For her mother, Carmel, Nell's leaving home opens a space in her heart, where the turmoil of a lifetime begins to churn. And across the generations falls the long shadow of Carmel's famous father, an Irish poet of beautiful words and brutal actions.
This is a meditation on love: spiritual, romantic, darkly sexual or genetic. A multigenerational novel that traces the inheritance not just of trauma but also of wonder, it is a testament to the glorious resilience of women in the face of promises false and true. Above all, it is an exploration of the love between mother and daughter - sometimes fierce, often painful, but always transcendent.
'One of our greatest living novelists'
The Wren, The Wren is a magnificent novel. Anne Enright's stylistic brilliance seems to put the reader directly in touch with her characters and the rich territory of their lives -- Sally Rooney, author of NORMAL PEOPLE
Gritty, sad, sly, riotous... Gem-packed language that fizzes like a sidewalk firecracker. A must-read -- Margaret Atwood, author of THE HANDMAID'S TALE (via Twitter)
One of our greatest living novelists * The Times *
Masterful… The Wren, The Wren is the finest novel I have read in a long time -- Luiza Sauma * Daily Telegraph *
A triumph… This is Enright’s best novel since The Gathering, and its absence from this year’s Booker longlist is nothing less than a miscarriage of literary justice. Readers must find it and treasure it regardless * Sunday Times *
Three generations of an Irish family tussle it out in this tale of love and abandonment… shards of brilliance flash in every direction… Damn, Enright can write * The Times *
Another exquisite read from the inimitable Booker prize-winning author * i *
Spellbinding… Enright is a bravura stylist… we can feel how language…can cross the spaces between the page and the heart and, as Enright’s always does, hit home * Observer *
These pages practically crackle with intelligence, compassion and wit. Phil McDaragh is so real I almost googled him. The Wren, The Wren might just be Anne Enright's best yet -- Louise Kennedy, author of Trespasses
To call Anne Enright's new novel a moving, nuanced glimpse at three generations of Irish life underplays its thrilling expansiveness: in the end, The Wren, The Wren is an electrifying romp through language itself - its dizzying possibilities and satisfactions - led by one the most gifted writers working in English today -- Jennifer Egan, author of The Candy House
The unofficial rock star of literary fiction * Irish Times *
An astounding book. Anne Enright is the best living writer on the family and its difficult, disquieting intimacies, pulling back the sheets on sex and love, and meditating too on the complex inheritance of what it is to be an Irish writer -- Olivia Laing, author of The Lonely City
Somehow both classic and thoroughly contemporary. Very few writers could capably achieve such a thing and I remain, as ever, in awe of Anne's talents -- Sara Baume, author of A Line Made by Walking
Tender, acutely observed, shocking at times. Enright perfectly captures the experience of a woman in her twenties, thirties, forties and fifties. Women rise throughout The Wren, The Wren, rising above abusive relationships and casual abandonment, sometimes inflicting violence on each other - but still rising into better times. Magnificent -- Priscilla Morris, author of Black Butterflies
One of the most significant writers of her generation... A master * Sunday Times *
A book of musical tenderness and devastating precision, The Wren, The Wren makes its own weather - whilst reading, your heart will work to Enright's beat -- Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars
Alive and intricate, Enright's characters speak with a sharp-edged irony that opens into tenderness. As The Wren, The Wren unfolds, time does too. This is a humane and compulsive novel about the abandonments and reconciliations of love. Unsparing, witty, and full of hard-earned beauty -- Seán Hewitt, author of All Down Darkness Wide
Anne Enright's style is as sharp and brilliant as Joan Didion's; the scope of her understanding is as wide as Alice Munro's; her vision of Ireland is as brave and original as Edna O'Brien's -- Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn
I could not put this book down, and felt at a loss when I got to the end. A novel of great heft and intelligence, with that mix of wit, rage and great tenderness that is Enright's hallmark. In Nell I found the best depiction of the life and mind of a contemporary young woman I've read -- Mary Costello, author of Academy Street
The Wren, The Wren is simultaneously all text, and all subtext, because Anne Enright is a genius whose novels function on several planes. She takes on major Irish literary genres but amplifies them, transcends them, arriving at a new place, which we shall call love, which we shall call life, which we shall even call joy. -- Claire Kilroy, author of The Devil I Know
I absolutely loved The Wren, The Wren. What an utterly wonderful novel! It got into my very bones. It's magnificent. Proof once again that Anne can do things with sentences that nobody else can -- Danielle McLaughlin, author of The Art of Falling
Stylistically magnificent and profoundly moving, Enright blows our hearts and minds to smithereens once again with The Wren, The Wren. Full of humour, intellect, empathy and grace this multi-generational novel is singular in its vim, freshness and wit -- Helen Cullen, author of The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually
Dimensions: 222mm x 144mm x 28mm