The Empty Family by Colm Toibin
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This is a particular kind of absence-in-presence that, here and elsewhere in a collection rightly entitled The Empty Family, manages to be both plainly evident in its sources and yet moving and compelling in how Tóibín puts these to artful use.
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From the internationally celebrated author of Brooklyn and The Master, and winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, comes a stunning new book of fiction.

In the captivating stories that make up The Empty Family, Colm Tóibín delineates with a tender and unique sensibility, lives of unspoken or unconscious longing, of individuals often willingly cast adrift from their history. From the young Pakistani immigrant who seeks some kind of permanence in a strange town, to the Irish woman reluctantly returning to Dublin and discovering a city that refuses to acknowledge her long absence, each of Tóibín's stories manage to contain whole worlds: stories of fleeing the past and returning home, of family threads lost and ultimately regained.

Like Tóibín's celebrated novels, and his previous short story collection, Mothers and Sons, reviewed on the front page of the New York Times Book Review, The Empty Family will further confirm Tóibín's status as "his generation's most gifted writer of love's complicated, contradictory power." (Los Angeles Times)


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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 4, 2011 by Scribner. 290 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction
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Reviewed by Randy Boyagoda on Jan 14 2011

This is a particular kind of absence-in-presence that, here and elsewhere in a collection rightly entitled The Empty Family, manages to be both plainly evident in its sources and yet moving and compelling in how Tóibín puts these to artful use.

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