The Heather Blazing

The Heather Blazing

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Colm Toibin's second "lovely, understated" novel that "proceeds with stately grace" (The Washington Post Book World) about an uncompromising judge whose principles, when brought home to his own family, are tragic. Eamon Redmond is a judge in Ireland's high court, a completely legal creature who is just beginning to discover how painfully unconnected he is from other human beings. With effortless fluency, Colm Toibin reconstructs the history of Eamon's relationships--with his father, his first "girl," his wife, and the children who barely know him--and he writes about Eamon's affection for the Irish coast with such painterly skill that the land itself becomes a character. The result is a novel of stunning power, "seductive and absorbing" (USA Today).show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • Scribner Book Company
  • United States
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 1476704503
  • 9781476704500
  • 420,486

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"There are...a handful of writers who manage to combine our time's awareness of the boot tracks families leave on their members' psyches with a direct and uncomplicated experience of those wounded lives. They are masters, and there are precious few of them...To nominate someone for that august company, Colm Toibin seems an unavoidable candidate."--Geoffrey Stokes, The Boston Globeshow more

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1,331 ratings
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