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Longlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction A brilliant and moving novel about celebrity, sexual power, and a daughterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s search to understand her motherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hidden truths. Katherine OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Dell is an Irish theater legend. As her daughter, Norah, retraces her motherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s celebrated career and bohemian life, she delves into long-kept secrets, both her motherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and her own. Katherine began her career on IrelandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bus-and-truck circuit before making it to LondonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s West End, Broadway, and finally Hollywood. Every moment of her life is a performance, with young Norah standing in the wings. But the mother-daughter romance cannot survive KatherineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s past or the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s damage. With age, alcohol, and dimming stardom, KatherineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s grip on reality grows fitful. Fueled by a proud and long-simmering rage, she commits a bizarre crime. As NorahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s role gradually changes to KatherineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s protector, caregiver, and finally legacy-keeper, she revisits her motherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life of fiercely kept secrets; and Norah reveals in turn the secrets of her own sexual and emotional coming-of-age story. Her narrative is shaped by three braided searchesÃ¢â‚¬â€¢for her fatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s identity; for her motherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s motive in donning a Chanel suit one morning and shooting a TV producer in the foot; and her own search for a husband, family, and work she loves. Bringing to life two generations of women with difficult sexual histories, both assaulted and silenced, both findingÃ¢â‚¬â€¢or failing to findÃ¢â‚¬â€¢their powers of recovery, Actress touches a raw and timely nerve. With virtuosic storytelling and in prose at turns lyrical and knife-sharp, Enright takes readers to the heart of the maddening yet tender love that binds a mother and daughter.