THIS SEASON: THE 2007 MAN BOOKER PRIZE
May 21st at 6pm: The Gathering by Anne Enright
(Previously, on Tuesday, March 20th at 6pm: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid)
At the Shortlist Book Club, attendees read two books nominated for the same literary award: the winner, and one runner-up. Does the judges’ decision stand up to the test of time? And what can the two books tell us about the year that the prize was issued?
The Gathering, by Irish author Anne Enright, is a moving, evocative portrait of a large Irish family and a shot of fresh blood into the Irish literary tradition, combining the lyricism of the old with the shock of the new. The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan are gathering in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother, Liam, drowned in the sea. His sister, Veronica, collects the body and keeps the dead man company, guarding the secret she shares with him—something that happened in their grandmother's house in the winter of 1968. As Enright traces the line of betrayal and redemption through three generations, her distinctive intelligence twists the world a fraction and gives it back to us in a new and unforgettable light.
Attendees are expected to have read the novel (or most of it) in advance of the book club discussion. Paperback copies of The Gathering are available at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration is not required.