On a snowy day in Dublin, party girl Gina Moynihan reflects on the love of her life, Seán Vallely, their affair, and the life she must now share with Evie, Seán's fragile, twelve-year-old daughter.
Irish writer Anne Enright's The Forgotten Waltz is the followup to her international bestseller The Gathering, winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize. She discusses her new novel on Monday April 16, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The event is being co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and the Kansas City Irish Center.
As with The Gathering, Enright offers a momentous drama of everyday life: the volatile connections between people and a wry take on families, marriage, and brittle middle age. In Gina Moynihan she gives us yet another unforgettable heroine on a journey of the heart.
"The Forgotten Waltz is a nervy enterprise, an audacious bait-and-switch," raves Francine Prose in The New York Times. "Cloaked in a novel about a love affair is a ferocious indictment of the self-loved material girls our era has produced. Enright's channeling of Gina's interior monologue is so accurate and unsparing that reading the book is like eavesdropping on a very long, crazily intimate cellphone conversation."
Writing in O Magazine, Lizzie Skurnick observes: "In America we like our adultery served straight up: a bubble of illicit passion that ends in regret. That's not what Irish novelist Anne Enright is serving in The Forgotten Waltz, which forgoes the simple morality tale for something more complex and satisfying ...Casting aside cultural bromides about the immorality of affairs, Enright puts us squarely in the center of a terrible truth: Love can be miraculous - and still destroy everything in its path."
"Moving from the initial riptide of desire to the compromises of Gina's post-divorce life with her lover and his adolescent daughter," writes Megan O'Grady in Vogue, "Enright suggests there's a quiet tragedy in adultery's modern-day ordinariness."
Anne Enright has published essays, short stories, a non-fiction book, and four novels. Prior to her writing career she produced and directed for television. She lives in Bray, County Wicklow, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.