Mothers and Sons by Colm Toibin
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Each of the nine stories in this beautifully written, intensely intimate collection centers on a transformative moment that alters the delicate balance of power between mother and son, or changes the way they perceive one another. With exquisite grace and eloquence, Tóibín writes of men and women bound by convention, by unspoken emotions, by the stronghold of the past. Many are trapped in lives they would not choose again, if they ever chose at all.

A man buries his mother and converts his grief to desire in one night. A famous singer captivates an audience, yet cannot beguile her own estranged son. And in "A Long Winter," Colm Tóibín's finest piece of cction to date, a young man searches for his mother in the snow-covered mountains where she has sought escape from the husband who controls and confines her.

Winner of numerous awards for his fifth novel, The Master -- including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award -- Tóibín brings to this stunning first collection an acute understanding of human frailty and longing. These are haunting, profoundly moving stories by a writer who is himself a master.
 

About Colm Toibin

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Colm Tóibín is the author of seven novels, including The Blackwater Lightship; The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; and The Testament of Mary, as well as two story collections. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.
 
Published January 2, 2007 by Scribner. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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Tóibín’s range is best demonstrated in the sexual abuse story “A Priest in the Family” and in two moving novellas: the story of a hardworking widow’s efforts to rebuild her family’s fortunes, and her heartless son’s indifference to her sacrifices (“The Name of the Game”);

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Colm Toibin’s first book of stories begins with a man on an upper balcony, looking out on a city that is a “great emptiness.” The image is a haunting one, if only because Toibin’s last, much acclaimed novel, “The Master,” was preoccupied with a man watching the world from an upstairs window, a se...

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Just beneath Colm Toibin’s clear and measured prose, there is always a tremor of something more bestial and crude.

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Mothers and Sons by Colm Toibin (Picador £12.99) No Paradiso by William Wall (Brandon Books £8.99) A woman refuses to talk about her youthful days in a folk band when her teenage son develops an interest in her old records.

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Mothers and Sons by Colm Tóibín 311pp, Picador, £12.99 The uneven but often moving new collection by the Irish novelist Colm Tóibín is less cosy than its title suggests.

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Publishers Weekly

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Though not a grand storyteller or a consummate imitator of various voices and cadences, Gerard Doyle's introspective and masterful reading of most of Toibín's short stories is nearly perfect.

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Entertainment Weekly

Whether the focus is on the mother or the son, most every story in Mothers and Sons, Colin Tóibín's Irish-inflected collection, is woven with the threads of devotion, obligation, practical self-interest, and naked emotional need that can tether even the most distant families together.

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Entertainment Weekly

Sometimes they're more about the mothers, sometimes the sons, but most every story in Colm Tóibón's Irish-inflected collection is expertly woven with the threads of devotion, obligation, practical self-interest, and naked emotional need that can tether even the most distant of mothers and sons to...

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