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Monday, November 21, 2011

Wednesday, November 23 - Anne Enright

Wednesday night at 8 PM on KPFK:  Novelist Anne Enright.  Set not just in, but also against the so-called Irish economic miracle and its subsequent bust, Enright’s new novel, The Forgotten Waltz explores a kind of emotional historical revisionism of a love affair.   “Who would have thought love could be so expensive?” asks our sad heroine, the bright if perhaps self-deluding Gina Moynihan, who breaks up her own marriage and that of her married lover, in romantic scheming which might parallel the economic scheme we know will soon collapse.  But what, finally, does it all mean to Gina?  The book’s totally engaging and --- in her way --- sympathetic, attractive if flawed heroine presents a behavior of cultivated disengagement even in the passion of illicit love. Gina is a character whose self-awareness comes and goes with love and sexual passion, and then regret and sad resignation, always skirting responsbility.  Yet she is presented so honestly, so fairly by Enright, as to be one the most self-consciously unreliable narrators you’ll meet.  Anne Enright’s stylish prose and winning humor, her powers of description make the minute large in its emotional consequence.  Enright is author of The Gathering, winner of the Man Booker Prize, as well as short stories and nonfiction.  Thanks for listening on the radio, online or, on a free download from the station’s archives.  

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