The Gathering by Anne Enright
“It is time to call an end to romance and just say what happened in Ada’s house, the year that I was eight and Liam was barely nine.” This sentence comes on page 142 and it is about frigging time. A beautiful book about childhood memories, but sooooo draggy.
The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan are gathering in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother, Liam, drowned in the sea. His sister, Veronica, collects the body and keeps the dead man company, guarding the secret she shares with him – something that happened in their grandmother’s house in the winter of 1968. As Enright traces the line of betrayal and redemption through three generations, she shows how memories warp and secrets fester.