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Actress

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Longlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction
One of Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2020

"A critique, a confession, a love letter—and another brilliant novel from Anne Enright." —Ron Charles, Washington Post

Katherine O'Dell is an Irish theater legend. Every moment of her life is a performance, with her daughter, Norah, standing in the wings. With age, alcohol, and dimming stardom, however, Katherine's grip on reality grows fitful. Fueled by a proud and long-simmering rage, she commits a bizarre crime.

As Norah's role gradually changes to Katherine's protector, caregiver, and finally legacy-keeper, she revisits her mother's life of fiercely kept secrets; and Norah confronts in turn the secrets of her own sexual and emotional coming-of-age. With virtuosic storytelling, Actress weaves together two generations of women with difficult sexual histories, touching a raw and timely nerve.


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Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Kindle Book

  • Release date: March 3, 2020

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  • ISBN: 9781324005636
  • Release date: March 3, 2020

EPUB ebook

  • ISBN: 9781324005636
  • File size: 1254 KB
  • Release date: March 3, 2020

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English

Longlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction
One of Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2020

"A critique, a confession, a love letter—and another brilliant novel from Anne Enright." —Ron Charles, Washington Post

Katherine O'Dell is an Irish theater legend. Every moment of her life is a performance, with her daughter, Norah, standing in the wings. With age, alcohol, and dimming stardom, however, Katherine's grip on reality grows fitful. Fueled by a proud and long-simmering rage, she commits a bizarre crime.

As Norah's role gradually changes to Katherine's protector, caregiver, and finally legacy-keeper, she revisits her mother's life of fiercely kept secrets; and Norah confronts in turn the secrets of her own sexual and emotional coming-of-age. With virtuosic storytelling, Actress weaves together two generations of women with difficult sexual histories, touching a raw and timely nerve.


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