Rosaleen, the amazing, infuriating, heartbroken and heartbreaking matriarch of the Madigan family, is selling the family home in the west of Ireland, much to the chagrin of her four adult children. The novel spans thirty years as the children move across the globe then return for one last Christmas, each desperate to reclaim family connections and childhood memories. Incredible writing and storytelling. One of my very favorite books ever.— Susan
May 2015 Indie Next List
“Steeped in the moist earth of Ireland, this is the story of the Madigan family and the life that forces them apart, only to return again to a home filled with memories. Rosaleen suffers greatly at the loss of her four children - not to death, but to lives of their own: her eldest to New York, another to Mali, one daughter to a hospital career, and another to the 'big city' of Dublin. The concept of 'family' still holds them together despite years and circumstances, and as Rosaleen announces plans to sell the family home, a last Christmas gathering proves profound.”
— Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA
From internationally acclaimed author Anne Enright comes a shattering novel set in a small town on Ireland's Atlantic coast. The Green Road is a tale of family and fracture, compassion and selfishness--a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we strive to fill them.
Spanning thirty years, The Green Road tells the story of Rosaleen, matriarch of the Madigans, a family on the cusp of either coming together or falling irreparably apart. As they grow up, Rosaleen's four children leave the west of Ireland for lives they could have never imagined in Dublin, New York, and Mali, West Africa. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she's decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold.
A profoundly moving work about a family's desperate attempt to recover the relationships they've lost and forge the ones they never had, The Green Road is Enright's most mature, accomplished, and unforgettable novel to date.
About the Author
Anne Enright won the Man Booker Prize and the Irish Fiction Award for her novel "The Gathering," which became a longtime national bestseller in Canada. She has published two books of stories, collected as "Yesterday's Weather," and her most recent novel was the internationally acclaimed "The Forgotten Waltz," awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Anne Enright lives in Dublin. "From the Hardcover edition."