I would like to write down what happened in my grandmother's house the summer I was eight or nine, but I am not sure if it really did happen. I need to bear witness to an uncertain event. I feel it roaring inside me - this thing that may not have taken place. I don't even know what name to put on it. I think you might call it a crime of the flesh, but the flesh is long fallen away and I am not sure what hurt may linger in the bones.The Gathering
by Anne Enright
I need to choose a book today. My plan was to begin The Gathering... and I do love that intro. It's ready to go on my kindle and I've enjoyed one or two of Enright's other novels. My only hesitation is that reviews of this particular book, despite winning the Mann Booker Prize in 2007, are somewhat mixed.
Here is a portion of the goodreads summary:
The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan are gathering in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother, Liam, drowned in the sea. His sister, Veronica, collects the body and keeps the dead man company, guarding the secret she shares with him—something that happened in their grandmother’s house in the winter of 1968. As Enright traces the line of betrayal and redemption through three generations her distinctive intelligence twists the world a fraction and gives it back to us in a new and unforgettable light. The Gathering is a daring, witty, and insightful family epic, clarified through Anne Enright’s unblinking eye. It is a novel about love and disappointment, about how memories warp and secrets fester, and how fate is written in the body, not in the stars.Option #2 is Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo, a book I have been listening to for the past couple of weeks, but am still less than halfway through. My library ebook hold is available, so I could make it a read/listen combination and finish in a week. Otherwise, it may take the rest of the month.
Which would you choose?
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