LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

The Empty Family Stories

by Colm Toibin

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

The Empty Family Stories Synopsis

'I imagined lamplight, shadows, soft voices, clothes put away, the low sound of late news on the radio. And I thought as I crossed the bridge at Baggot Street to face the last stretch of my own journey home that no matter what I had done, I had not done that.' In the captivating stories that make up The Empty Family , Colm Toibin delineates with a tender and unique sensibility lives of unspoken or unconscious longing, of individuals, often willingly, cast adrift from their history. From the young Pakistani immigrant who seeks some kind of permanence in a strange town to the Irish woman reluctantly returning to Dublin and discovering a city that refuses to acknowledge her long absence each of Toibin's stories manage to contain whole worlds: stories of fleeing the past and returning home, of family threads lost and ultimately regained.

Win a Signed First Edition Hardback of The Temple House Vanishing!

Win a Signed First Edition Hardback of The Temple House Vanishing!

Closing date: 29/02/2020

We're so excited that The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue is released this month! To celebrate this gothic debut's release on the 6th February we have an amazing competition. We have 5 signed hardback first editions to give away! "I have no doubt that The Temple House Vanishing will stay with me for some time to come, it is an assured and compelling debut." Liz Robinson, Expert Reviewer This draw is open only for UK residents currently in the UK and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. The draw closes on 29th February 2020. The winners will be notified as soon as possible.

Enter Now

The Empty Family Stories Press Reviews

'Colm Toibin's new collection is the work of an author at the peak of his writing powers'
The Times

'Always deeply moving, the stories here - like the surf-washed pebbles on that Wexford beach - will be read for meaning and enjoyed for their shape and sound for ages to come' Tribune

 

'It's a collection that will only further fuel Toibin's ascent through English fiction' Independent on Sunday

'Exquisite ... The chief reason to read these stories is the peculiar power of Colm Toibin's prose' Telegraph

 

'Astonishingly precise, depicting complex and conflicted states of mind with rare clarity' Observer

'Beautifully observed' Sunday Times

'Toibin's deceptively straightforward style continues to manage somehow to encompass both lucidity and ambiguity, precision and poetry' Irish Times

If you loved this, you might like these...

Dear Edward
Saving Missy
A Tall History of Sugar
Saving Missy

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780670918171
Publication date: 01/10/2010
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780670918171
Publication date: 1st October 2010
Author: Colm Toibin
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Categories:

About 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.

More About Colm Toibin

More Books By Colm Toibin

Cover for Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know by Colm Toibin
Cover for Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Cover for Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
View All Books By Colm Toibin

Share this book