New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families

New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families

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By (author) Colm Toibin

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  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company
  • Format: Paperback | 345 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 200mm x 23mm | 372g
  • Publication date: 4 June 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1451668562
  • ISBN 13: 9781451668568
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 803,705

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Novelist and critic Colm Toibin explores the relationships of writers with their families and their work in the brilliant, nuanced, and wholly original "New Ways to Kill Your Mother." Toibin--celebrated both for his award-winning fiction and his provocative book reviews and essays--traces the intriguing, often twisted family ties of writers in the books they leave behind. Through the relationship between W. B. Yeats and his father, Thomas Mann and his children, Jane Austen and her aunts, and Tennessee Williams and his sister, Toibin examines a world of relations, richly comic or savage in their implications. Acutely perceptive and imbued with rare tenderness and wit, "New Ways to Kill Your Mother "is a fascinating look at writers' most influential bonds and a secret key to understanding and enjoying their work.

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"[Toibin writes] shrewdly and passionately as both critic and novelist."--Fred Setterberg "Minneapolis Star Tribune "