The Wren, The Wren

The Wren, The Wren

Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 31/08/2023
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The Wren, The Wren
A dark and mesmerising read.
Once again Enright delves into the complicated dynamics between different family members. The first narrative we encounter is that of Nell . Nell in her tw... READ MORE
Tracey McHardy


Carmel had been alone all her life. The baby knew this. They looked at each other, and all of time was there. The baby knew how vast her mother's loneliness had been. Nell - funny, brave and so much loved - is a young woman with adventure on her mind. As she sets out into the world, she finds her family history hard to escape. For her mother, Carmel, Nell's leaving home opens a space in her heart, where the turmoil of a lifetime begins to churn. And across the generations falls the long shadow of Carmel's famous father, an Irish poet of beautiful words and brutal actions. This is a meditation on love: spiritual, romantic, darkly sexual or genetic. A generational saga that traces the inheritance not just of trauma but also of wonder, it is a testament to the glorious resilience of women in the face of promises false and true. Above all, it is an exploration of the love between mother and daughter - sometimes fierce, often painful, but always transcendent.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781787334601
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 407g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 28 mm

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The Wren, The Wren
A wonderful book about the role of women and the demands placed upon them
A gorgeous, exquisitely crafted story about generations of women in a family and what they pass on to each other. Told first from the point of view of Nell... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
The Wren, The Wren
Lyrical but confusing
I was sent an advance proof copy of The Wren, The Wren by Anne Enright to read and review by NetGalley. I love Anne Enright’s writing, it is so lyrical an... READ MORE
The Wren, The Wren
Families, hey!
The Wren, The Wren by Anne Enright Families, hey!. How much do we really know about our parents and grandparents? I guess we know the outcomes, such as ... READ MORE
Jonathan  Kaye
The Wren, The Wren
Superb conflicting intergenerational story
The Wren, The Wren by Anne Enright is a generational novel charting the lives and opinions of mother, daughter and granddaughter to the poet - husband, fa... READ MORE
Ciaran McLarnon
The Wren, The Wren
Family reflections
I was bought this as a Xmas present by my husband based on reviews and, as I brought up my daughter on my own, was looking forward to reading it. It's a... READ MORE
PL, West Sussex