Anne Enright, the first Fiction Laureate of Ireland, will give a reading from her latest novel, The Green Road, on Friday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. Part of the 2015-16 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University, the event is free and open to the public.
Anne Enright is an Irish writer whose work includes six novels, three short story collections, and one nonfiction book. She was awarded the Man Booker prize for her fourth novel, The Gathering (2007). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she has also won the 1991 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the 2001 Encore Award, the 2008 Irish Novel of the Year, and the 2012 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in literature. Her stories and essays have been featured widely, including in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, the London Review of Books, The Dublin Review and The Irish Times. In 2011, the Irish Academic Press published Anne Enright (Visions and Revisions: Irish Writers in Their Time), a collection of essays on Enright’s work.
The Green Road was published by Norton in 2015 and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. It follows Rosaleen, matriarch of the Madigan family, and her four children, who as adults have come back to rural Ireland for a last Christmas before their childhood home is sold. Spanning thirty years, the novel traces back through the Madigans’ lives as they fight, fracture and fall in love. James Wood in his review of the novel for The New Yorker said of Enright, “she is a rich, lyrical prose writer, who cascades among novelties—again and again, she finds the unexpected adjective, the just noun…The Green Road is true and rueful, as terribly adult in its clarity as its battered Madigans.”
The Fund for Irish Studies, chaired by Princeton professor Clair Wills, affords all Princeton students, and the community at large, a wider and deeper sense of the languages, literatures, drama, visual arts, history, politics, and economics, not only of Ireland but of “Ireland in the world.” This event is the last in the 2015-16 series, which will resume in the fall.