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What are You Like?

What are You Like?

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By (author) Anne Enright

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 17mm | 202g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099284340
  • ISBN 13: 9780099284345
  • Sales rank: 185,517

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When Maria turns twenty, she falls in love. She is in the wrong town, and he is the wrong sort of man. Going through his things, she finds a photo of herself when she was twelve years old. She has the same smile, but she is wearing the wrong clothes: she is the same, only different. Anne Enright's astonishing novel moves between Dublin, New York and London, following the lives of the real Maria and the girl in the picture. Stepping through the mirror to tell the story of the two women, both haunted by their missing selves, WHAT ARE YOU LIKE? Is an exquisitely written disquisition on families and identity. It is a modern story, full of genetic jokes, of splitting and dislocation, and it is one of the oldest stories there is: a novel about twins. Threading together the lives of two young women, it confirms Anne Enright as not only the most original Irish writer of her generation, but also as one of the finest, funniest, and most affecting.

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Author information

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published one collection of stories, The Portable Virgin, which won the Rooney Prize, and three novels, The Wig My Father Wore, What Are You Like? and The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch. Her first work of non-fiction, Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood, was published in 2004. The Gathering won the Man Booker Prize 2007.

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"'Hauntingly told'" Sunday Times "'Anne Enright is a very original writer - a spry surrealist who challenges the world with extraordinary, lancing sentences...so intelligent and so controlled'" -- James Wood Guardian

Editorial reviews

The strange, almost supernatural state of twinship is something that has preoccupied writers throughout the centuries: What Are You Like? is a thoroughly modern take on the theme of twins separated at birth. As Maria and Rose are born, their mother dies. Their father, an emotionally stifled middle-aged Irishman, decides that he can cope with only one of them, so Maria is kept, while Rose is given up for adoption. Neither of them knows about the other, and a secret it remains until Maria, now in New York, meets the mysterious Anton, who has a photograph of her as a child... except she is wearing different clothes; is, in fact, a different person. Meanwhile, Rose has embarked on her own journey to trace her natural family. Enright skilfully weaves both girls' stories into a compelling tale of self-discovery, and enhances her reputation as an Irish writer with a distinctive lyrical voice in the process. (Kirkus UK)