The 100 Must-Read Books of 2020
November 11, 2020 8:36 AM EST

Booker Prize winner Anne Enright’s latest novel draws readers into the captivating story of a daughter attempting to untangle the mysterious past of her mother, a revered star of the stage and screen. In Actress, Enright creates a specific sense of time and place by undercutting the glamour of post-war Hollywood with the darkness of winters in 1970s Dublin, and exploring the uglier side of what fame brings to families and relationships. Enright herself was born in Dublin and has theatrical experiences as a professional actor—a perspective that lends itself well to Actress. As a now middle-aged Norah narrates the events of her tumultuous journey with her mother, new reflections surface about the trauma both mother and daughter have endured and the legacy left in its wake.

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