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Powell’s Indiespensable book subscriptions are open and we have spoilers for Volume 85! This subscription is $44.95 and ships every 6-8 weeks.
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- An exclusive signed edition of Actress in a custom slipcase created for Indiespensable
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I met my husband in a shabby production of Hamlet whose worn set pieces and mixed bag of actors could have been drawn directly from the provincial Irish theaters in Actress. In fact, everything Enright describes in Actress rings true: the alcohol-fueled parties filled with recitals, calculated and impromptu; the financial necessity, even for successful actors, of always working; the soul-crushing conformity of the Hollywood studio system; the cruel winnowing of work and respect for middle-aged actresses; the irritating, performative nature of actors; and the difficulty of living with someone who simultaneously thinks the world of herself, yet needs constant reassurance. Enright nails it all, weaving her story of the great actress Katherine O’Dell into the equally fascinating history of the Troubles. Stuck in the middle — and telling the tale— is O’Dell’s devoted daughter, Norah, who comes of age in an Ireland made both vibrant and terrifying by the violence on the national stage and the domestic theater of her mother’s increasingly erratic behavior. Captivating, wry, and so intimate that it feels like biography, Actress is a beautifully wrought novel by a master stylist. We’re delighted to present Actress as Volume 85 of Indiespensable.
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