Title: Actress
Authors: Enright, Anne
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 263
Year: 2020
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Language: English
Description: Who better to recall the rise and fall of Irish theatre legend Katherine O'Dell, than her daughter Norah. After all, she has been present in the wings for much of this dark and dazzling life. From Hollywood and Dublin to London's West End, Norah bears witness to many of her mother's on and off stage performances.

Lyrical and emotionally insightful, this is a tender portrait of a fictional mother and daughter's intertwined lives, anchored with an enduring love and shaped by cultural expectation and exploitation.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Fabulous and insightful writing."

"A story of grounded, enduring love. I enjoyed the black humour."

"This is the first novel by Enright that I've read. I will certainly read more."

"There is a definite an Irishness to the language of the book, a beautifully lilting quality that often took my breath away."

'I found her other book, 'The Gathering' to be quite dark. There's more hope with this book."

"Some readers could be frustrated by the discursive way the story is told. It's not a novel with a strong narrative line."

"It is a very tender portrait of both mother and daughter. I never lost sympathy for either of them."

"The book is at once tragic, humorous, bleak and realistic."

Categories: Fiction, Literary, The Arts, Feminism, Gender Issues, Grief/loss, Relationships, Ireland, England, 2022 Titles, Larger font


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By: AUCK 038 2021-08-02 09:20:42
Well-written as always, but the plot wandered!

By: NELS 014 2021-07-05 10:21:25
A light read, funny and enjoyable - loved some of the Irish expressions.

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