When word spreads that wayward Liam Hegarty has killed himself, his stunned siblings gather back at their childhood home in Dublin. Narrator Veronica, 39, is particularly unmoored by her brother’s death. Distancing herself from her marriage, Veronica sifts through her own hazy recollections to unearth a dark secret that tainted her and Liam decades earlier. Anne Enright drifts between past and present, the living and the dead, with spare prose that is entrancing, unflinching, and insightful. The Gathering is a haunting look at a broken family stifled by generations of hurt and disappointment, struggling to make peace with the irreparable.