I picked this up after seeing a recommendation from Ann Patchett. The #audiobook was fantastic!! A great character study.
Bear with me a moment: reading AE is a little like listening to Bach. There's the (erroneous!) sense that it all just pours out and that not a word or a note could be other than what it is. Bach helps me to stay at my desk: this book made it difficult to go back.
It's a story of the relationship/history between Norah and her monstrous but loving famous actress of a mother, Katherine. I think I'd have liked the audio (read by the author) even more.
A beautiful story of a mother-daughter relationship. Lovely, nuanced writing. Norah reflects on her relationship with her mother, tells her mother‘s story of what she remembers of her as a woman, a mother, rather than a celebrity, weaving together her own. It reads like a memoir, a biography, as Norah tries to work out and understands her mother‘s past - onstage vs real life. Heartbreaking, and lots to think about.
A beautiful piece of fiction. There was something very intimate in the writing that made me feel like I was talking with a friend. It won‘t be for everyone - lots of meandering prose rather than fast-paced plot - but I thought it was wonderful.
This is off to a great start with some beautiful writing 🥰
Quiet, introspective, astonishingly well written, intimate, and poignant. To me what‘s most moving about this White mother/daughter tale is that this daughter‘s reckoning of her famous actress mother is taking place just as she has outlived her. Every remaining day in her life is one her mother never lived and there‘s no longer a road map — not that it was a good one but it was there. The pacing is deliberate and takes a bit to settle into. ⬇️
People ask me, ‘What was she like?‘ and I try to figure out if they mean as a normal person: what was she like in her slippers, eating toast and marmalade, or what she was like as a mother, or what she was like as an actress - we did not use the word star. Mostly though, they mean what was she like before she went crazy, as though their own mother might turn overnight, like a bottle of milk left out of the fridge.
I was on the fence about this novel. Contemporary/historical fiction just isn‘t my jam, but this book‘s binding was exquisite. It was such a physical pleasure to hold that I read it anyway. The story concerns a daughter‘s relationship with her actress mum; it reads like a memoir. #indiespensable
My #Indiespensable subscription finally arrived! 😍 Chocolates didn‘t survive long enough to be part of the picture 🤣 😋 🍫
The audiobook of this mother/daughter novel was just so wonderful.... Anne Enright‘s beautifully melodic Irish brogue brought the story to life perfectly. Every lovely run-on sentence captured each scene and intimate moment, bringing humor and warmth to these complicated characters. Loved it.💕
Thank you so much @Lindy for putting this audio version on my radar!
-Currently listening to Actress and loving Anne‘s beautiful Irish voice...🍀
-Valentine on audio for #readwithmrbook #debutnovel
-The Switch is an #ARC I was sent recently
-Going to try the Jane Austen on audio for #Pemberlittens
-The Glass Hotel is sitting at the top of my #nightstandTBR
-Looking forward to seeing which order the numbers are drawn for #bookspinbonanza .... hoping to get to at least 3?
Norah is the daughter of a legendary Irish actress. In this beautifully written novel she tells the story of her mother's life and career as she understands it, first as a child then with greater insight as she grows and matures. There is a lot to think about here - performance in art and life, the consequences of fame, public v private life, the institutionalised misogyny that was finally exposed by the #metoo movement. 👇
We don‘t have enough money to heat the house all the way through and, as you know, it is not a big house. I should write a book about that, don‘t you think, that‘s much more real, the question of who is to blame for the cold.
Listening to Anne Enright perform her idiosyncratic sentence structure in the pitch-perfect voice of Norah is an absolute delight. It‘s intimate, funny and dark. There is so much nuance in this story of a mother and daughter, family secrets, misogyny, bad sex, Dublin, mental health, and the way our lives are performances. An outstanding #audiobook for lovers of character, language and place.
My top is finished! 14 different audiobooks saw me through the process. #knittersoflitsy
…we kissed endlessly on a window ledge on the corner of Suffolk Street, where I left my bag behind, so drunk was I with kissing, the memory of it lingering for years, even as the window was knocked into a doorway through which people walk now, right through the ghost of our kissing…
Seen on my #audiowalk today. Time to take down your advertising, pal!
I've been sitting on this galley since January. Excited to dig in and get back to my #WomensPrize longlist reading. Bonus: counting it for #ATY2020 favorite prompt from a past challenge (nominated for an award in a genre you enjoy) @BarbaraBB
Anne Enright has created a unique world with her brilliant storytelling abt Katherine o'dell, flame haired 'irish' darling of stage and screen in the 50/60's, and the relationship with her daughter who narrates her mother's tale as she deals with an uncertain phase of her own marital and maternal role. Capturing the fragility of fame the story is compelling evoking the contradiction of tenderness and frustration in a mother/ daughter reltionship.
This book was slow and introspective and ultimately lovely. Because of its pacing it does require a certain level of patience and concentration, but it‘s very worth it. I really recommend the audio. The author reads it herself and it is wonderful. ❤️