This novel was beautifully written. I’d had The Forgotten Waltz on my to-read list for a while so it was the perfect read while I traveled to a conference in California. Based in Ireland (where Enright lives) we are introduced to Gina who has fallen in love with a married man while she is married herself. The novel is presented in a manner of her reflecting back on how she came to find her life intertwined with Seán’s. Things are also “complicated” due to the presence of Seán’s daughter who Gina has tried to engage with since before the affair with her father even began.
I think this is a very honest portrayal of a situation that is often either hyper-sexualized or scathingly disapproved of. It’s a realistic depiction of how an affair can begin, the mental states involved, and the realities of facing the consequences when the unknowing parties discover the truth. Like I mentioned before, Enright is an incredibly talented writer, her style is kind of sparse and quiet in a way that draws the reader in. I just really appreciated her style and I’m eager to read The Gathering (which won the Man Booker Prize) next.
This title was also just honored with the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction by the American Library Association.