The Green Road (Hardcover)

By Anne Enright

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393248210, 304pp.

Publication Date: May 11, 2015

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
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Description

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.



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  1. All of the children move out of Rosaleen’s orbit and establish their own lives elsewhere. How does their homecoming affect them?generic viagra price canada
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  3. After Dan announces his decision to become a priest, Rosaleen says, “I made him. I made him the way he is. And I don’t like the way he is. He is my son and I don’t like him, and he doesn’t like me either” (page 34). What role does dislike play in her relationship with Dan?generic viagra price canada
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  5. Dan, Hanna, Constance, and Emmet all have aspects of their private lives that they do not share with one another. What do they hide from one another, and why?generic viagra price canada
  6. Emmet is described as not having “the helplessness in him that love required” (page 249). From Dan during the AIDS crisis in New York to Rosaleen on the green road, how are helplessness and love portrayed as related in the novel?generic viagra price canada
  7. Toward the end of the novel, Enright describes Rosaleen on the green road: “there were gaps between things, and this frightened her. This is where Rosaleen was now. She had fallen into the gap” (page 266). What does this “gap” mean for Rosaleen and her relationship with the green road?generic viagra price canada
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  9. Anne Enright has said that a major theme of The Green Road is compassion. How do members of the Madigan family show compassion to one another?generic viagra price canada
  10. Of Rosaleen, Enright writes, “her life was one of great harmlessness” (page 149). Do you agree?generic viagra price canada
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