Anne Enright

discusses her new novel

The Forgotten Waltz

in conversation with



October 6, 2011
7:00 PM


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is delighted to welcome Booker Prize–winning novelist ANNE ENRIGHT as she discusses her newest work of fiction, The Forgotten Waltz, in conversation with award-winning local author GISH JEN.

In Terenure, a pleasant suburb of Dublin, it has snowed. Gina Moynihan, girl about town, recalls the trail of lust and happenstance that brought her to fall for "the love of her life," Seán Vallely. As the city outside comes to a halt, Gina remembers their affair: long afternoons made blank by bliss and denial. Now, as the silent streets and falling snow make the day luminous and full of possibility, Gina awaits the arrival of Seán's fragile, twelve-year-old daughter, Evie—the complication, and gravity, of this second life.

"[Enright's] is a style that glories in minutiae. She modulates so finely between comedy and pathos, between psychology and physicality, that she conveys a sense of the richness of lived experience, compared to which most other novelists appear to work in broad strokes. There are sentences in her work, whole passages even, that you want to mark up and learn off by heart for their warmth and humour, their sense of truth. . . . With her last three books—The Gathering, the short stories collected in Taking Pictures and now The Forgotten Waltz—Enright has established herself as one of the most grown-up of contemporary novelists, one of the few to pay attention to the messiness of ordinary lives, even at the expense of narrative shape. Her new novel is her most mature yet in this respect." —The Telegraph (UK)

This event has been moved to Harvard Book Store at 7pm, and is no longer a ticketed event. If you purchased tickets, please contact the store at 617-661-1515 to arrange a refund.

Anne Enright
Anne Enright

Anne Enright

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published three volumes of stories, one book of nonfiction, and five novels. In 2015, she was named the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. Her novel The Gathering won the Man Booker Prize, and her last novel, The Forgotten Waltz, won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Photo Credit: Hugh Chaloner

Gish Jen
Gish Jen

Gish Jen

Gish Jen is the author of the novels Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land, The Love Wife, and World and Town, and Who’s Irish, a book of stories. Her honors include the Lannan Award for Fiction and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Photo Credit: J.D. Sloan 

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