Actress: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Enright, Anne
Subject:  FICTION / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Sagas
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Published: March 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*Man Booker Prize-winner and bestselling author Anne Enright's latest--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 written 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.
Review Quote*Praise for Anne Enright:

"With Anne Enright, we are always in the country of the first-rate. Her work is stark, clear, authoritative, funny and inventive. We come away from her books consistently refreshed and renewed."-Colum McCann, author of Transatlantic
Biographical NoteANNE ENRIGHT won the Man Booker Prize and the Irish Fiction Award for her novel The Gathering, which became a long-time national bestseller in Canada. She has published two books of short stories, collected as Yesterday's Weather, and six novels, including The Forgotten Waltz, which was shortlisted for The Orange Prize and awarded the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and most recently The Green Road, which won the Irish Fiction Award. Anne Enright lives in Dublin.