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Mothers and Sons by Colm Toibin
  

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A beautifully written collection of stories about mother/son relationships. Thoroughly absorbing and moving.

June 2010 Guest Editor Patrick Gale on Colm Toibin...

Admirers of Toibin’s novels won’t feel short-changed here for, like Chekhov and Carver, his grasp of the short story form is so confident that each story packs the emotional wallop of a novel. The only problem is that many are so strong, so moving, that you can’t read them back-to-back but need time off to recover.

If you like Colm Toibin you might also like to read books by Sebastian Barry, Philip Pullman and Michael Benoit.

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Synopsis

Mothers and Sons by Colm Toibin

Mothers and Sons is a sensitive and beautifully written meditation on the dramas surrounding this most elemental of relationships. Psychologically intricate and emotionally incisive, each finely wrought story teases out the delicate and difficult strands woven between mothers and sons. This is an acute, masterful and moving collection that confirms Toibin as a great prose stylist of our time.

Reviews

'Colm Toibin is a writer of extraordinary emotional clarity. Each of the nine stories is a snapshot of a point of crisis ...Toibin perfectly understands the instantaneous nature of the ideal short story; the sense that the pen is going straight into a major vein. These are beautiful stories, beautifully crafted' - Kate Saunders, Literary Review

'The last story in this excellent collection is a superbly powerful tale of betrayal and desertion. Quintessential Toibin' - Spectator

'Moving ...beautifully captured moments of longing and loss ...Toibin is a subtle, intelligent and deeply felt writer' - Guardian

'By turns surprising and illuminating, always beautifully written, Mothers and Sons places Toibin in the front rank of modern Irish fiction ...It may not be going too far to suggest Irish fiction has found its first Master of the new century' - Scotland on Sunday

About the Author

Colm Toibin

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of eight novels including Blackwater Lightship, The Master and The Testament of Mary, all three of which were nominated for the Booker Prize, with The Master also winning the IMPAC Award, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. His most recent novel is Nora Webster. He lives in Dublin.

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Book Info

Publication date

16th June 2007

Author

Colm Toibin

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Author's Website

www.colmtoibin.com/

Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780330441834

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