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The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright
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May 10, 2012

The Forgotten Waltz, by Anne Enright, Narrated by Heather O’Neill, Produced by Recorded Books, downloaded from audible.com.

Gina Moynahan is a Dublin woman with a good job, a husband, and seems to be happy. But she starts having an affair with her neighbor, Sean Zallely, also married and with a little girl. The two knew each other for quite a while before the affair started. And it went along for some time without anyone noticing, but finally, gossip being what it is, people found out. Gina’s mother died. Gina moved away from her husband into her mother’s house, ostensibly to get it ready to sell, and Sean moved in with her. This affair brings nothing but trouble. First the money troubles, trying to support two different familie. Second the shattered lives of Gina’s husband and Sean’s wife. And Sean’s little girl, who has epilepsy is affected. In fact, it is this little girl that brings guilt to both of them. I didn’t like the people in this book, and I didn’t think this affair was worth spending so much time on. But Enright is such a good writer, and anything read by Heather O’Neill with that Irish accent is wonderful to listen to. This book is one up for the Orange Prize this year against such books as Anne Patchett’s State of Wonder. It won’t beat that one, for sure.

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