Anne Enright wins the 2007 Man Booker Prize
Last night, Anne Enright became the second Irish woman (Iris Murdoch was the first) to win the much coveted Man Booker Prize.
Ms. Enright, 45, won for The Gathering, her fourth novel, which follows the lives of Veronica Hegarty and her nine siblings, one of whom has recently died tragically. Ms. Enright leaves no family dysfunction unturned in this family saga, praised by one reviewer for its ‘exhilarating bleakness.’ In a radio interview in the UK yesterday, Ms. Enright described her winner as “…the intellectual equivalent of a Hollywood weepie.”
The Man Booker Prize comes with a £50,000 ($101,874) purse.