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Actress: LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2020

Anne Enright

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JONATHAN CAPE
19 February 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
*LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2020* From the Booker-winning 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.
By:   Anne Enright
Imprint:   JONATHAN CAPE
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9781787332072
ISBN 10:   1787332071
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   19 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published two collections of stories, collected as Yesterday's Weather, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and six novels, including The Gathering, which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize, The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and The Green Road, which was the Bord Gais Energy Novel of the Year and won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. In 2015 she was appointed as the first Laureate for Irish Fiction, and in 2018 she received the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature.

Reviews for Actress: LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2020

Another compelling effort filled with Enright's trademark psychological insight. -- Paul Nolan * HotPress * A delicate, knotty reflection on familial relationships... brilliant. * Dazed Digital, *Books to Look Our For in 2020* * [A] literary force to be reckoned with... [Anne Enright] is one of Ireland's most significant authors - and Actress will be a must-read for many in 2020. -- Nadine O'Regan * Sunday Business Post * Gripping drama and a pitch-perfect evocation of the stages of Seventies Dublin and London's West End. -- Stephanie Cross * Daily Mail, *Books to Look Our For in 2020* * Actress absolutely enthralled me... [An] immersive, masterful novel. -- Anya Meyerowitz * Red Magazine * Out in force. Anne Enright, the unofficial rock star of literary fiction, cements her stardom with Actress. -- Niamh Donnelly * Irish Times *


  • Long-listed for Women's Prize for Fiction 2020 (UK)
  • Long-listed for Womens Prize for Fiction 2020 (UK)

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