The Wren, The Wren – Anne Enright

Anne Enright is unparalleled in bringing to life the clashing voices that make up a family. Her latest novel focuses on a mother and daughter, Carmel and Nell, whose relationship has its share of strain, and on the impact that Carmel’s absent father, Phil, had on their lives. Lauded and lured by the international literary scene as a poet, Phil walked out on Carmel’s mother when she was a child, leaving her only poems as consolation. Enright weaves a compelling and realistic portrait of a family and the power of words to hold it together or pull it apart.