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The Forgotten Waltz - Anne Enright

The Forgotten Waltz - Anne Enright

Title: The Forgotten Waltz

Author:  Anne Enright

ISBN:  9780224089036

Weight:  765g

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The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright

From the 2007 Man Booker Prize-winning author, The Forgotten Waltz is a memory of desire: a recollection of the bewildering speed of attraction, the irreparable slip into longing.

In Terenure, a pleasant suburb of Dublin, in the winter of 2009, it has snowed.  Gina Moynihan, girl about town, recalls the trail of lust and happenstance that brought her to fall for ‘the love of her life’, Seán Vallely.  As the city outside comes to a halt, Gina remembers the days of their affair in one hotel room or another: long afternoons made blank by bliss and denial.  Now, as the silent streets and the stillness and vertigo of the falling snow make the day luminous and full of possibility, Gina waits the arrival on her doorstep of Seán’s fragile, twelve-year-old daughter, Evie – the complication, and gravity, of this second life.

In this extraordinary novel, this opening book of secrets, Anne Enright speaks directly to the readers she won with the success of The Gathering.  Here, again, is the sudden, momentous drama of everyday life, the volatile connections between people; that fresh eye for each flinch and gesture; the wry, accurate take on families, marriage, brittle middle age.  The same verve and humour and breathtaking control are evident; the ability to merge the ordinary and the beautiful.

With The Forgotten Waltz Enright turns her attention fully to love – you might even call it romance – as she follows another flawed and unforgettable heroine on a journey of the heart.  Writing at the height of her powers, this is Anne Enright’s tour de force, a novel of intelligence, passion and real distinction.

Peer & Press Reviews

Enright has taken a simple plot and produced a touching novel that examines the cost – and the compensations – of love. The heroine is both plausible and sympathetic, while the supporting cast is marshalled with skill, tenderness and humour.

Mail on Sunday

An achingly brilliant piece of writing on passion and delusion.  Comparisons to Madame Bovary are not overblown, not because it is a wry, clever, philosophical take on adultery – although it is – but because it makes you re-evaluate everything a novel can be…  This book is enough to restore your faith in the power of fiction.

Viv Groskop, Independent

This beautifully written, lyrical novel is a portrait of family tensions and the listless half-light in which a mistress must live.

Sunday Express

Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Forgotten Waltz
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2012 – winner

Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 – shortlist

Media adaptationBBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime: eight 15-minute episodes, airing Mon-Fri at 10:45pm from 23 May 2011.
Book Stats
PublisherJonathan Cape
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 139780224089036
ISBN 10022408903X
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)223 x 143 x 24mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographDomnick Walsh
Jacket photographAshley Vowinckel

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