AUDIENCE: Enright’s award-winning novels; readers of Ali Smith, Colm Tóibín, Ann Patchett, and Maggie O’Farrell.
AWARD-WINNING, HIGH PROFILE AUTHOR: Enright has been awarded the Man Booker, the Orange Prize, a Carnegie Medal, is the two-time winner of the Irish Fiction award, and was recently made the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction (2015-18). Once a staple of BBC Radio 4, she now contributes regularly to The Guardian and teaches writing at UCD.
HISTORICAL, UNIVERSAL, AND TIMELY: An intimate portrait of life in Dublin from the 60s to present day that expands to encompass modern themes of mental health, celebrity, femininity, and violence.
One of Time’s Must-Read Books of 2020
“Anne Enright writes so well that she just might ruin you for anyone else…. Stripped raw of any sentimentality, the result is a critique, a confession, a love letter—and another brilliant novel.” —Washington Post
“Gorgeously written fiction…. Enright’s unflinching portrait…is scrupulously developed and painfully moving.” —Boston Globe
“A perfect jewel of a book…. Its brilliance is complex and multifaceted, but completely lucid…Actress is a deeply humane, often darkly funny novel about the exercise of power over sexually attractive women. The grim subject matter is illuminated by Enright’s acute sensitivity to language…. Enright proves, once again, her genius.” —Spectator
“Smart and deep, it’s ripe for endless discussion…. Actress is arguably [Enright’s] great performance.” —Globe and Mail
“Enright has created a heroine as irresistible to the reader as to her audiences.” —The Guardian
“There is something that seems effortless about Ms. Enright’s writing—an illusion, of course, but one brilliantly sustained.” —Wall Street Journal
“Written with all the ingenuity and twisty tautness of a thriller…[Actress] is a study of love that is all the more uplifting because it is unsparing.” —The Times
“Enright’s indelible images of the primal love between mother and daughter that ebbs, flows, and ultimately abides will stick with readers.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Another triumph for Enright: a confluence of lyrical prose, immediacy, warmth, and emotional insight.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)