A Long Long Way
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| The Steward of Christendom|
A Long Long Way, The Whereabouts of Eneas, On Canaan’s Side, The Secret Scripture, The Temporary Gentleman
Annie Dunne is a novel written by author and playwright Sebastian Barry. First published by Faber and Faber in 2002 it is currently under reprint from Penguin Books. Set in rural Ireland in the late 1950`s the novel recounts the life of Annie, who having been made homeless after the death of her sister is forced to move to a farm in Co Wicklow.
Annie Dunne Wikipedia
The protagonist Annie, who was the central character in Barry`s play The Steward of Christendom is seen at first living with her sickly sister and caring for her brother-in-law. After the death of her sister the brother-in-law remarries, making Annie homeless. She moves to live with her cousin Sarah in a remote farm. When the pair are in their sixties, Annie's nephew asks her to care for his two children, a girl and a boy, as he leaves for England in 1960 to search for work. The book describes the events of the summer as Annie delights in playing the role of a mother, but also feels threatened by the prospect of her cousin marrying a local farmhand, thus leaving her homeless once again.
The novel has received mixed reviews, Eamonn Sweeney writing in The Guardian compared the book to the Samuel Beckett play Waiting for Godot saying "Waiting for Godot has been described as a play in which nothing happens, twice. Annie Dunne is a novel in which nothing happens many times." Emily Gordon writing in the New York Times called it "a fine novel" and that the prose was "close to poetry". Tony Mastrogiorgio for the San Francisco Chronicle wrote the book was a "superb new novel" although says there "was there is a brief flickering of regret at first impressions" he says "that brief doubt is replaced by what can only be described as wonder." And describes Annie as "one of the most memorable women in Irish fiction"