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Book review: The Forgotten Waltz

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright

The story of a love affair depends on who is telling it. In the case of Anne Enright’s first book since she won the Man Booker Prize in 2007, we are in the hands of Gina, a young Dubliner full of confidence and desire. She finds herself drawn towards Sean, 20 years older and long married, with a vulnerable young daughter. Gina’s own husband is an easy casualty, and she doesn’t care much about what might happen to Sean’s wife.

But it’s his daughter who causes the real problems for both of them. And, as it’s set at the end of the Celtic Tiger boom, there’s the economy to blame, too. Readers will want to follow Gina as she tells the history of her grand romance, but may also want to slap her at times. That, however, doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of a beautifully observed novel. Louise Chunn