Katherine O'Dell is an Irish theater legend, having made it to London's West End, Broadway, and finally Hollywood. With age, alcohol, and dimming stardom, however, Katherine's grip on reality grows fitful, and her daughter Norah becomes her caregiver and legacy-keeper. As Norah revisits her mother's life of fiercely kept secrets, she delves into her own past as well, finding common ground with Katherine. But in this novel by the author of the Booker Prize winner The Gathering, Norah's own quest for fulfilment will be put on hold when Katherine—fueled by a proud and long-simmering rage—commits a bizarre crime against a TV producer.
"Enright writes so well that she just might ruin you for anyone else…. Stripped raw of any sentimentality, the result is a critique, a confession, a love letter—and another brilliant novel."—Washington Post