The Wren, The Wren (Paperback)
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The Wren, The Wren (Paperback)

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Published: 25/04/2024
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Waterstones Says

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering comes an exquisitely crafted generational novel of women's resilience, as the footloose Nell sets off on adventure with the shadows of her formidable parents looming over her.

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2024

'Carmel had been alone all her life. The baby knew this. They looked at each other, and all of time was there. The baby knew how vast her mother's loneliness had been.'

A contemporary novel of daughterhood and motherhood, from the Booker Prize-winning Irish author.

Nell - funny, brave and so much loved - is a young woman with adventure on her mind. As she sets out into the world, she finds her family history hard to escape. For her mother, Carmel, Nell's leaving home opens a space in her heart, where the turmoil of a lifetime begins to churn. And across the generations falls the long shadow of Carmel's famous father, an Irish poet of beautiful words and brutal actions.

This is a meditation on love: spiritual, romantic, darkly sexual or genetic. A multigenerational novel that traces the inheritance not just of trauma but also of wonder, it is a testament to the glorious resilience of women in the face of promises false and true. Above all, it is an exploration of the love between mother and daughter - sometimes fierce, often painful, but always transcendent.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781529922905
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 206 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 18 mm


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The Wren, The Wren is a magnificent novel. Anne Enright's stylistic brilliance seems to put the reader directly in touch with her characters and the rich territory of their lives - Sally Rooney, author of NORMAL PEOPLE

The Wren, The Wren may be her best book yet - Guardian, Books of the Year*

Wonderful… This deceptively modest novel is the kind of book that will work on you long after you have put it down - Sunday Times, Books of the Year*

These pages practically crackle with intelligence, compassion and wit. Phil McDaragh is so real I almost googled him. The Wren, The Wren might just be Anne Enright's best yet - Louise Kennedy, author of Trespasses

Anne Enright’s The Wren, The Wren is so good they named it twice, so good I read it twice – and read two different novels, because moral positions are incorrigibly plural in Enrightville - Observer, Books of the Year*

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Katy Wheatley

“A wonderful book about the role of women and the demands placed upon them”

A gorgeous, exquisitely crafted story about generations of women in a family and what they pass on to each other. Told first from the point of view of Nell, and then Carmel, her mother, this is a complex story of... More

Hardback edition
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RitaCantStopReading

“Mothers & daughters, the strength of love”

"This is a meditation on spiritual, romantic, darkly sexual or genetic. A multigenerational novel that traces the inheritance not just of trauma but also of wonder, it is a testament to the glorious resilience of... More

Hardback edition
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“Lyrical but confusing”

I was sent an advance proof copy of The Wren, The Wren by Anne Enright to read and review by NetGalley. I love Anne Enright’s writing, it is so lyrical and precise, however I do sometimes struggle with the overall... More

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