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Actress

Actress

LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2020

by Anne Enright

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 18/02/2020

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From the greatest living Irish author, a brilliant and moving novel about fame, sexual power, and a daughter's search to understand her mother’s hidden truths

This is the story of Irish theatre legend Katherine O'Dell, as told by her daughter Norah. It tells of early stardom in Hollywood, of highs and lows on the stages of Dublin and London's West End. Katherine's life is a grand performance, with young Norah watching from the wings.

But this romance between mother and daughter cannot survive Katherine's past, or the world’s damage. As Norah uncovers her mother’s secrets, she acquires a few of her own. Then, fame turns to infamy when Katherine decides to commit a bizarre crime.

Actress is about a daughter's search for the truth: the dark secret in the bright star, and what drove Katherine finally mad.

Brilliantly capturing the glamour of post-war America and the shabbiness of 1970s Dublin, Actress is an intensely moving, disturbing novel about mothers and daughters and the men in their lives. A scintillating examination of the corrosive nature of celebrity, it is also a sad and triumphant tale of freedom from bad love, and from the avid gaze of the crowd.

ISBN:
9781787332072
9781787332072
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
18-02-2020
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Children's UK
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
272
Dimensions (mm):
216x135x20mm
Weight:
0.27kg
Anne Enright

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works.

She has published two collection of stories, collected as Yesterday’s Weather, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and five novels, including The Gathering, which was the Irish Novel of the Year, and won the Irish Fiction Award and the 2007 Man Booker Prize, and The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

She is the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction.

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