By Anne Enright
Irish writer Anne Enright won the 2007 Man Booker Prize for "The Gathering," which has shades of classic tales of the body being borne, bringing to mind William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying." The nine surviving siblings of the Hegarty family are in Dublin to bury their brother Liam, who walked into the ocean to end his pain. The narrator, his 39-year-old sister, delivers a memory-laden story as marked by the sad errors of the past as it is by Enright's shimmering prose.
—Gail Caldwell / Globe Staff