Mothers and Sons
Colm Toibin's 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.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 130 x 196 x 24mm | 222.26g
- 27 Jan 2009
- Pan MacMillan
- London, United Kingdom
Colm Tóibín is a writer of extraordinary emotional clarity. Each of the nine stories is a snapshot of a point of crisis . . . Tóibín 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
Some of the most accomplished and nuanced soundings contemporary fiction has to offer. * New York Times * Subtly and exquisitely written, the language never forced but utterly rooted in real worlds. Each story is haunting and memorable. -- Dermot Bolger * Evening Herald * All the stories share a miraculous density. Short but weighty, they contain whole lives. * Sunday Times * Toibin is a master of understated emotions. From wintry landscapes, bereft of human life, to crowded pubs filled with musicians, every scene has the ring of truth. * Mail on Sunday * It's truly remarkable that a writer of Toibin's great felicity, immense seriousness and general large awareness - a writer so naturally gifted as a novelist - can deliver short stories of such subtle empathy and brilliance. He's dazzling. -- Richard Ford 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 * Moving . . . beautifully captured moments of longing and loss . . . Toibin is a subtle, intelligent and deeply felt writer. * Guardian * The last story in this excellent collection is a superbly powerful tale of betrayal and desertion. Quintessential Toibin. * Spectator * 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 *
About Colm Toibin
Colm Toibin was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of several novels, including Brooklyn, the 2009 Costa Novel of the Year, The Master, which was shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize and winner of the LA Times Book Prize and the IMPAC Book Award, and The Blackwater Lightship, which was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize and the 2001 IMPAC Award. His non-fiction includes Bad Blood, Homage to Barcelona, The Sign of the Cross and Love in a Dark Time. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. He lives in Dublin.