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Mothers and Sons

Written by Colm ToibinColm Toibin Author Alert
Category: Fiction - Short Stories (single author); Fiction - Literary; Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Emblem Editions
ISBN: 978-0-7710-8532-1 (0-7710-8532-X)

Pub Date: January 8, 2008
Price: $21.00

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Mothers and Sons
Written by Colm Toibin

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780771085321
Our Price: $21.00
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About this Book

From the internationally celebrated author of The Master, winner of the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Mothers and Sons is a deeply penetrating and beautifully written meditation on the dramas surrounding this most elemental of relationships. Each of the nine stories focuses on a moment in which an unspoken balance shifts; in which a mother or son do battle, or experience a sudden crisis, thus leaving their conception of who they are subtly or seriously altered.

A son buries his mother and goes out to a drug-fuelled rave on a remote beach near Dublin. A mother sings about treacherous love to a rapt crowd of musicians in a local pub. And in “A Long Winter,” Colm Tóibín’s finest piece of fiction to date, a man goes searching for his mother in the snow-covered Pyrenees.

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 Tóibín as a great prose stylist of our time.


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“[Tóibín has] the extraordinary gift of making perennial matters of family life feel mesmerizingly new, and of epic significance. . . .”
National Post

“Tóibín’s genius is that he makes it impossible for us to walk away.”
New Yorker


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About this Author

Colm Tóibín is the award-winning author of five novels: The South, The Heather Blazing, The Story of the Night, The Blackwater Lightship, and The Master, winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.


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