Actress by Anne Enright audiobook

Actress

By Anne Enright
Read by Anne Enright

Recorded Books Inc., Recorded Books, Inc. 9781324005629

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781664487819

  • ISBN: 9781664595644

  • ISBN: 9781664759480

Runtime: 8.07 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction

Time Magazine Best Book of 2020

A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year

A Wall Street Journal Best Books of the Year selection

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of the Year

A London Guardian Pick of Best Audiobooks

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A brilliant and moving novel about celebrity, sexual power, and a daughters search to understand her mothers hidden truths. Katherine ODell is an Irish theater legend. As her daughter, Norah, retraces her mothers celebrated career and bohemian life, she delves into long-kept secrets, both her mothers and her own. Katherine began her career on Irelands bus-and-truck circuit before making it to Londons West End, Broadway, and finally Hollywood. Every moment of her life is a performance, with young Norah standing in the wings. But the mother-daughter romance cannot survive Katherines past or the worlds damage. With age, alcohol, and dimming stardom, Katherines grip on reality grows fitful. Fueled by a proud and long-simmering rage, she commits a bizarre crime. As Norahs role gradually changes to Katherines protector, caregiver, and finally legacy-keeper, she revisits her mothers life of fiercely kept secrets; and Norah reveals in turn the secrets of her own sexual and emotional comingof-age story. Her narrative is shaped by three braided searchesfor her fathers identity; for her mothers motive in donning a Chanel suit one morning and shooting a TV producer in the foot; and her own search for a husband, family, and work she loves. Bringing to life two generations of women with difficult sexual histories, both assaulted and silenced, both finding or failing to findtheir powers of recovery, Actress touches a raw and timely nerve. With virtuosic storytelling and in prose at turns lyrical and knife-sharp, Anne Enright takes readers to the heart of the maddening yet tender love that binds a mother and daughter.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Stripped raw of any sentimentality, the result is a critique, a confession, a love letter―and another brilliant novel from Anne Enright.” Washington Post
“The steaming brew that is Anne Enright’s intoxicating novel.” New York Times Book Review
“The Irish author’s performance of her novel, about a daughter unpicking her famous mother’s life, brings out all the mischievous empathy of her writing.” The Guardian (London)
“Fame, sexuality, and the Irish influence suffuse the story, which ranges from glamour to tragedy…A confluence of lyrical prose, immediacy, warmth, and emotional insight.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Anne Enright

Author Bio: Anne Enright

Anne Enright is the author of two volumes of stories and several novels, including The Forgotten Waltz and The Gathering, which won the Man Booker Prize.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 8.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English