In the taut latest from Enright (What Are You Like?), middle-aged Veronica Hegarty, the middle child in an Irish-Catholic family of nine, traces the aftermath of a tragedy that has claimed the life of rebellious elder brother Liam. As Veronica travels to London to bring Liam's body back to... read more
After the death of one of their siblings, Liam, the remaining members of the large Hegarty family gather at their mother's house in Ireland for his wake and funeral. The novel is narrated by Liam's sister, Veronica, who was closest to him. Most of the book consists of Veronica trying to make... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
After the death of one of their siblings, Liam, the remaining members of the large Hegarty family gather at their mother's house in Ireland for his wake and funeral. The novel is narrated by Liam's sister, Veronica, who was closest to him. Most of the book consists of Veronica trying to make sense of her family's past in order to solve her own identity crisis; however, since she can only speculate about much of her family's history, neither the reader nor Veronica can really know what is true and what is imagined.
“A drinker does not exist. Whatever they say, it is just the drink talking”Veronica Hegarty
There are so few people given us to love. I want to tell my daughters this, that each time you fall in love it is important, even at nineteen. Especially at nineteen. And if you can, at nineteen, count the people you love on one hand, you will not, at forty, have run out of fingers on the other. There are so few people given us to love and they all stick.Highlighted by 54 Kindle customers
We each love someone, even though they will die. And we keep loving them, even when they are not there to love any more. And there is no logic or use to any of this, that I can see.Highlighted by 51 Kindle customers
People, she used to think, do not change, they are merely revealed.Highlighted by 49 Kindle customers
most of the stuff that you do is just stupid, really stupid, most of the stuff you do is just nagging and whining and picking up for people who are too lazy even to love you, even that, let alone find their own shoes under their own bed; people who turn and accuse you – scream at you sometimes – when they can only find one shoe.Highlighted by 45 Kindle customers
There is something wonderful about a death, how everything shuts down, and all the ways you thought you were vital are not even vaguely important.Highlighted by 44 Kindle customers
We do not always like the people we love – we do not always have that choice.Highlighted by 36 Kindle customers
I do not think we remember our family in any real sense. We live in them, instead.Highlighted by 32 Kindle customers
This is what shame does. This is the anatomy and mechanism of a family – a whole fucking country – drowning in shame.Highlighted by 23 Kindle customers
Usually, people’s brothers become less important, over time. Liam decided not to do this. He decided to stay important, to the end.Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
I am a trembling mess from hip to knee. There is a terrible heat, a looseness in my innards that makes me want to dig my fists between my thighs. It is a confusing feeling – somewhere between diarrhoea and sex – this grief that is almost genital.Highlighted by 10 Kindle customers
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