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Actress
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Actress

ByAnne Enright
288 pages
Paperback
February 2021

 Longlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction
One of Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2020

“A critique, a confession, a love letter?and another brilliant novel from Anne Enright.” Ron Charles, Washington Post

Katherine O’Dell is an Irish theater legend. Every moment of her life is a performance, with her daughter, Norah, standing in the wings. With age, alcohol, and dimming stardom, however, Katherine’s grip on reality grows fitful. Fueled by a proud and long-simmering rage, she commits a bizarre crime.

As Norah’s role gradually changes to Katherine’s protector, caregiver, and finally legacy-keeper, she revisits her mother’s life of fiercely kept secrets; and Norah confronts in turn the secrets of her own sexual and emotional coming-of-age. With virtuosic storytelling, Actress weaves together two generations of women with difficult sexual histories, touching a raw and timely nerve.

"Intoxicating.… Even while laughing at Enright’s wicked mockery, I was moved by the tenderness of her evocation of difficult love."
Mary Gordon, New York Times

"Gorgeously written fiction.… Enright’s unflinching portrait… is scrupulously developed and painfully moving."
Wendy Smith, Boston Globe

"There is something that seems effortless about Ms. Enright’s writing?an illusion, of course, but one brilliantly sustained."
Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

"Captivating."
Sara Resnick, The New Yorker

"Out in force. Anne Enright, the unofficial rock star of literary fiction, cements her stardom with Actress."
Niamh Donnelly, Irish Times

"In Katherine O’Dell, her fictional fallen star of stage and screen… Enright has created a heroine as irresistible to the reader as to her audiences.… She has become a byword for contemporary Irish literary fiction at its finest."
Lisa Allardice, Guardian

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