About this book
A remarkable family epic, which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize. The 9 surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather together in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam. Slowly, the memories and secrets of 3 generations unravel, and sexual histories are revealed. Combining the lyricism of the old Irish literary tradition with the shock of the new, this is a book of daring, wit and insight. 'She beautifully describes the way hurt can be inherited... Enright is a daring writer - witty, original and inventive...' Eithne Farry, "Daily Mail"
The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam. It wasn't the drink that killed him - it was what happened to him as a boy in his grandmother's house, in the winter of 1968. This novel is about love and disappointment, about thwarted lust and limitless desire.