The Forgotten Waltz

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A powerful, moving book of secrets, longing and loss, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering.

The Forgotten Waltz, Anne Enright

It is the winter of 2009 and snow covers Dublin. As the city outside comes to a halt, Gina Moynihan recalls the bewildering speed of attraction and her irreparable slip into longing for Seán Vallely, a married man and 'the love of her life'. Gina remembers the days of their affair in one hotel room or another: long afternoons made blank by bliss and denial. As the memories of her desire unfurl, so too do the complications of Gina's choice and the price she must pay for her love. The Forgotten Waltz is an unforgettable portrait of the journey of the human heart. It speaks of the sudden, momentous drama of everyday life, the volatile connections that bind us and the secrets that tear us apart.

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    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780099539780
    Published: 01/05/2012
    Imprint: Vintage
    Extent: 240 pages
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"a very human tale about passion, secrets and lies." - Reading Matters

"An achingly brilliant piece of writing on passion and delusion. Comparisons to Madame Bovary are not overblown, not because it is a wry, clever, philosophical take on adultery - although it is - but because it makes you re-evaluate everything a novel can be... This book is enough to restore your faith in the power of fiction" - Viv Groskop, Independent

"Devastatingly good" - Marie Claire

"The real pleasure of the book is the dancing, delicious prose" - Evening Standard

"That's the Anne Enright voice all right - wry, disabused, reckless, candid, funny" - Hermione Lee, Guardian

"The book...succeeds admirably, because Enright's characters are indeed so ordinary and fallible; they could quite easily be us" - Ross Gilfillan, Daily Mail

"Enright's prose has a brilliant physicality... Her observations of the Irish boom years are caustic and credible" - Tom Gatti, The Times

"A brilliant evocation of an ill-fated extramarital; affair, told with Enright’s customary sharp wit and knack for spotting a love-related cliché" - Guardian, Holiday Reads:

"Brave, beautiful and quite brilliant" - Joseph O’Connor, Irish Independent

Anne Enright

Anne Enright

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published two collection of stories, collected as Yesterday's Weather, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and five novels, including The Gathering, which was the Irish Novel of the Year, and won the Irish Fiction Award and the 2007 Man Booker Prize, and The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. She is the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction.