“The Gathering” by Anne Enright. I haven’t read all of last years Booker Prize contenders but I can see why this book won. This novel explores grief, memory and the prculiar relationships of close siblings. Family history, childhood, adulthood, relationships and deeply held emotions, all the components of a fine drama, told in language like shattered glass.
From page 247.
“There are other things to notice, whenever I have the strength to pull my eyes away from the boy. Ivor talking to Liam’s friend Willow for several moments too long. A look that passes between them and the priest, no less, who gets his coat, and looks again before he goes out the door. Ernest sees this last glance too and takes note.”
Can you see her watching that boy? What is it in that look between Ivor, Willow and the priest? There is so much feeling expressed just in those few sentences and most of the novel similarly is weighted.