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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,465 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Enright Narrator: Heather O’Neill Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Irish novelist Anne Enright won the coveted Man Booker Prize for her eloquent novel The Gathering. In The Forgotten Waltz, Enright crafts a stunning tale about a Dublin woman’s affair and its heartrending consequences. Gina Moynihan is already married when she meets Seán Vallely. But longing and desire soon overtake them—and their lives begin to crumble shortly after.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A breathtaking work that will surprise you.”

    Library Journal

  • The Forgotten Waltz is a nervy enterprise, an audacious bait-and-switch. Cloaked in a novel about a love affair is a ferocious indictment of the self-involved material girls our era has produced. Enright’s channeling of Gina’s interior monologue is so accurate and unsparing that reading her book is, at times, like eavesdropping on a very long, crazily intimate cellphone conversation. It’s a testament to the unwavering fierceness of Enright’s project that I mean this as high praise. We’ve all met people like the characters in her book. Neither evil nor good, they’re merely awful in entirely ordinary ways. And it’s impressive, how skillfully Anne Enright has gotten them on the page.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “So beautifully written that you could read it once just for the dazzle of the prose, then start over for the content…The sensibility is subtle and complex, as the narrative explores connections between desire and responsibility…and the complicated ways in which duty is refracted into the rest of our lives…It’s hard to say which is more satisfying about this book: its emotional complexities or the frugal elegance of its prose.”

    Washington Post

  • “Consistently impressive…In rueful, witty, unpredictable, and compassionate prose, Enright gives expression to subtle, affecting shades of human interaction.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal for Literature
  • A 2011 Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book for Fiction
  • Selected for the October 2011 Indie Next List
  • Top 100 Editors' Pick forAmazon Best Books of the Year for 2011
  • A 2011 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • Shortlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robin | 2/16/2014

    " Four stars for excellent writing; however, the least likable and emptiest characters ever written. Universally disliked by my book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leah | 2/5/2014

    " Only thing keeping me from giving it 5 stars is that it got a little melodramatic at the end. But Enright's writing is so beautiful and pitch perfect that she's always worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Libby Shaw | 2/3/2014

    " A beautifully written novel, understated but with great impact, concerning the broader effects of a love affair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kaje | 1/9/2014

    " I wrote a review of this then trashed it. I think this book is very subjective. You will either relate or not. If not, you will critisize and judge and find this whole story distatefull. I like the "humaness" of it. We all have the capacity to be selfish and justify our needs, to what degree we allow that tho is what seperates us. I think a lot of people would relate to this even if they haven't "strayed" like the characters in the story, purely because there isn't anyone alive who hasn't at least caught a held glance, felt energy over the telephone, accidently brushed a hand, or been attracted to someone in one way or another that perhaps they shouldn't, be it psychologically, physically, imaginary, or real. The energy is all the same. I loved it. "

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