Nominated by:

Veria Central Public Library, Greece

Dublin City Public Libraries, Ireland

Milwaukee Public Library, USA

Edinburgh City Libraries, Scotland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Jonathan Cape, UK

W.W. Norton, USA

The Green Road

Anne Enright    

Spanning thirty years, The Green Road tells the story of Rosaleen, matriarch of the Madigans, a family on the cusp of either coming together or falling irreparably apart. As they grow up, Rosaleen’s four children leave the west of Ireland for lives they could have never imagined in Dublin, New York, and Mali, West Africa. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she’s decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold.

A profoundly moving work about a family’s desperate attempt to recover the relationships they’ve lost and forge the ones they never had.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published three volumes of stories, one book of nonfiction, and five novels. In 2015, she was named the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. Her novel The Gathering won the Man Booker Prize, and her novel, The Forgotten Waltz, won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Librarians’ Comments

A masterly work, brilliant and true. A book about family behaviour and consequences.

It’s Christmas when the Madigan children return to visit their widowed mother before the family house is sold and familial strains are evident. The way Enright traces knowledge through generations is understated, yet mature, painting a family that is pitiless and considerate.

Recommended by staff and library users.

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