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The Wren, the Wren, by Anne Enright

Cover of The Wren, the Wren, by Anne Enright.

This novel brings to life 3 generations of McDaragh women who must contend with their inheritance – a poet who is lauded in public (Phil McDaragh), but who abandoned his family and led a selfish and womanizing existence.

Told from the points of view of Carmel, his daughter, and Nell, his granddaughter, this is a story of longing and betrayal, studded with snippets of poetry.

What is truly remarkable and eloquently portrayed is the love between the mother and daughter who strive for independence but who are intensely bound together.

Sharp prose and skilful characterisation make for an excellent read.

4.2/5 Stars