The Blackwater Lightship

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Author: Colm Toibin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501106929

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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It is Ireland in the early 1990s. Helen, her mother Lily, and her grandmother Dora have come together, after a decade of estrangement, to tend to Helen's beloved brother, Declan, who is dying of AIDS. Under the crumbling roof of Dora's old house, Declan's two friends join the women as each waits for the end. The six of them, from different generations and with different beliefs, are forced to plumb the shoals of their own histories and to come to terms with each other. The Blackwater Lightship is a beautifully written, deeply resonant story about three generations of an estranged family reuniting to mourn a tragic, untimely death. In spare, luminous prose, Colm Tóibín explores the nature of love and the complex emotions inside a family at war with itself. His fourth novel is about morals and manners, and the clashes of culture and personality. But most of all, it is a novel about the incomparable capacity of stories to heal the deepest wounds.

The Blackwater Lightship

A Novel

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Author: Colm Toibin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743203313

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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With AIDS about to claim a well-loved young man, three generations of his family are reunited at his bedside in Ireland, in a novel that explores the nature of love and the complex interrelationships among family members.

The Blackwater Lightship

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Author: Colm Tóibín

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780330389860

Category: Bereavement

Page: 273

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It is Ireland in the early 1990s. Three women, Dora Devereux, her daughter Lily and her grand-daughter Helen, have arrived, after years of strife, at an uneasy peace with each other. They know that in the years ahead it will be necessary for them to keep their distance. Now, however, Declan, Helen's adored brother, is dying and the three of them come together in the grandmother's crumbling old house with two of Declan's friends. All six of them, from different generations and with different beliefs, are forced to listen to, and come to terms with each other.The Blackwater Lightship is a novel about morals and manners, about culture clashes and clashes of personalities, but it is also a novel full of stories, as the characters give an account of themselves, and the others listen, awe struck or deeply amused at things they have never heard before.

The Heather Blazing

A Novel

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Author: Colm Toibin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476704473

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Colm Tóibín’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 Tóibín 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).

The Empty Family

Stories

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Author: Colm Toibin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 143919596X

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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A follow-up to the award-winning Brooklyn includes the stories "The Street," in which Pakistani workers in Barcelona pursue a taboo affair; and "Two Women," in which a taciturn Irish set designer confronts repressed emotions while working in her homeland.

The Story of the Night

A Novel

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Author: Colm Toibin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 074328464X

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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From the award-winning author of Brooklyn and The Master, a powerful, brave, and moving novel set in Argentina. In Argentina, in the time of the Generals, the streets are empty at night, and people have trained themselves not to see. Richard Garay lives with his mother, hiding his sexuality from her and from society. Stifled by his job, Richard is willing to take chances, both sexually and professionally. But Argentina is changing, and as his country edges toward peace, Richard tentatively begins a love affair. The result is a powerful, brave, and poignant novel of sex, death, and the diffculties of connecting one's inner life with the outside world.

Mothers and Sons

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Author: Colm Toibin

Publisher: Emblem Editions

ISBN: 1551995743

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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From the internationally celebrated author of The Master, winner of the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Mothers and Sons is a deeply penetrating and beautifully written meditation on the dramas surrounding this most elemental of relationships. Each of the nine stories focuses on a moment in which an unspoken balance shifts; in which a mother or son do battle, or experience a sudden crisis, thus leaving their conception of who they are subtly or seriously altered. A son buries his mother and goes out to a drug-fuelled rave on a remote beach near Dublin. A mother sings about treacherous love to a rapt crowd of musicians in a local pub. And in “A Long Winter,” Colm Tóibín’s finest piece of fiction to date, a man goes searching for his mother in the snow-covered Pyrenees. 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 Tóibín as a great prose stylist of our time. From the Hardcover edition.

Nora Webster

A Novel

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Author: Colm Toibin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439149852

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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From one of contemporary literature’s bestselling, critically acclaimed, and beloved authors: a “luminous” novel (Jennifer Egan, The New York Times Book Review) about a fiercely compelling young widow navigating grief, fear, and longing, and finding her own voice—“heartrendingly transcendant” (The New York Times, Janet Maslin). Set in Wexford, Ireland, Colm Tóibín’s magnificent seventh novel introduces the formidable, memorable, and deeply moving Nora Webster. Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be sucked back into it. Wounded, selfish, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning insight and empathy, and when she begins to sing again, after decades, she finds solace, engagement, a haven—herself. Nora Webster “may actually be a perfect work of fiction” (Los Angeles Times), by a “beautiful and daring” writer (The New York Times Book Review) at the zenith of his career, able to “sneak up on readers and capture their imaginations” (USA TODAY). “Miraculous...Tóibín portrays Nora with tremendous sympathy and understanding” (Ron Charles, The Washington Post).

Love in a Dark Time

And Other Explorations of Gay Lives and Literature

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Author: Colm Toibin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743244671

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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A collection of linked essays about homosexual literature considers its most influential writers of the past two centuries--including Oscar Wilde, Thomas Mann, James Baldwin, Elizabeth Bishop, Mark Doty, and Thom Gunn--and how many of them were forced to hide the truth about their private lives. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

The South

A Novel

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Author: Colm Toibin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 147670449X

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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In 1950, Katherine Proctor leaves Ireland for Barcelona, determined to escape her family and become a painter. There she meets Miguel, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and begins to build a life with him. But Katherine cannot escape her past, as Michael Graves, a fellow Irish émigré in Spain, forces her to reexamine all her relationships: to her lover, her art, and the homeland she only thought she knew. The South is a novel of classic themes—of art and exile, and of the seemingly irreconcilable yearnings for love and freedom—to which Colm Tóibín brings a new, passionate sensitivity.

New Ways to Kill Your Mother

Writers and Their Families

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Author: Colm Toibin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451668554

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 345

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The Columbia Mellon Professor in the Humanities and award-winning author of Brooklyn presents a collection of essays that explores the sources of intimate family dynamics in forefront works of literature, from the relationship between W. B. Yeats and his father to the complicated ties between Thomas Mann and his children.

Back When We Were Grownups

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Author: Anne Tyler

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143196340

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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"Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered that she had turned into the wrong person." So Anne Tyler opens this irresistible new novel. The woman is Rebecca Davitch, a fifty-three-year-old grandmother. Is she an impostor in her own life? she asks herself. Is it indeed her own life? Or is it someone else’s? On the surface, Beck, as she is known to the Davitch clan, is outgoing, joyous, a natural celebrator. Giving parties is, after all, her vocation—something she slipped into even before finishing college, when Joe Davitch spotted her at an engagement party in his family’s crumbling nineteenth-century Baltimore row house, where giving parties was the family business. What caught his fancy was that she seemed to be having such a wonderful time. Soon this large-spirited older man, a divorcé with three little girls, swept her into his orbit, and before she knew it she was embracing his extended family plus a child of their own, and hosting endless parties in the ornate, high-ceilinged rooms of The Open Arms. Now, some thirty years later, after presiding over a disastrous family picnic, Rebecca is caught un-awares by the question of who she really is. How she answers it—how she tries to recover her girlhood self, that dignified grownup she had once been—is the story told in this beguiling, funny, and deeply moving novel. As always with Anne Tyler’s novels, once we enter her world it is hard to leave. But in Back When We Were Grownups she so sharpens our perceptions and awakens so many untapped feelings that we come away not only refreshed and delighted, but also infinitely wiser.

The Death of Friends

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Author: Michael Nava

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453297707

Category: Fiction

Page: 232

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When a judge leading a double life is murdered, Henry Rios comes to the controversial defense of the prime suspect Chris Chandler, a long-married and closeted California state superior court judge, has been found dead in his chambers—beaten to death with his recent Judge of the Year award. When his young lover, Zack Bowen, is arrested, Henry Rios takes on Bowen’s defense. For Rios, who has kept Judge Chandler’s secret since law school, it means going up against a closed community—including Chandler’s angry wife and son—to defend a man he believes innocent. Then Bowen vanishes. As Rios copes with the loss of a friend, and the impending death of his lover, Josh, he finds himself front and center in a case that becomes a test of his own moral courage. The Death of Friends is the fifth book in the Henry Rios mystery series, which begins with The Little Death and Goldenboy.

Brooklyn

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Author: Colm Toibin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501106473

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Colm Tóibín’s New York Times bestselling novel—soon to be a film starring Saoirse Ronan and Jim Broadbent from the award-winning team that produced An Education—is “a moving, deeply satisfying read” (Entertainment Weekly) about a young Irish immigrant in Brooklyn in the early 1950s. “One of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary literature” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future. Author “Colm Tóibín…is his generation’s most gifted writer of love’s complicated, contradictory power” (Los Angeles Times). “Written with mesmerizing power and skill” (The Boston Globe), Brooklyn is a “triumph…One of those magically quiet novels that sneak up on readers and capture their imaginations” (USA TODAY).

A Murder Unmentioned

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Author: Sulari Gentill

Publisher: Pantera Press

ISBN: 1921997443

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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A MURDER SWEPT UNDER THE VERY EXPENSIVE CARPET The Sixth Book of the Acclaimed Rowland Sinclair Mysteries The black sheep of a wealthy 1930s grazier dynasty, gentleman artist Rowland Sinclair often takes matters into his own hands. When the matter is murder, there are consequences. For nearly fourteen years, Rowland has tried to forget, but now the past has returned. A newly-discovered gun casts light on a family secret long kept... a murder the Sinclairs would prefer stayed unsolved. As old wounds tear open, the dogged loyalty of Rowland’s inappropriate companions is all that stands between him and the consequences of a brutal murder... one he simply failed to mention. SOCIAL UNREST, POWERFUL BETRAYAL AND AN OLD FAMILY SECRET

Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves

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Author: Rachel Malik

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241976103

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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'A surprisingly touching account of hidden lives forced out of the shadows' Sunday Times 'So lovely, gentle yet enthralling' Claire Fuller When Rene Hargreaves is billeted to Starlight Farm as a Land Girl, far from the city where she grew up, she finds farmer Elsie Boston and her country ways strange at first. Yet over the days and months Rene and Elsie come to understand and depend on each other. Soon they can no longer imagine a life apart. But a visitor from Rene's past threatens the life they have built together, a life that has always kept others at a careful distance. Soon they are involved in a war of their own that endangers everything and will finally expose them to the nation's press and the full force of the law.

Grace's Day

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Author: William Wall

Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd

ISBN: 178854546X

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Grace and her mother and sisters live on an island off the west coast of Ireland. Their father is a successful writer of travel books that advocate a simpler way of life, though he is so seldom there that his family become the subjects of his social experiments and his children's freedom is indistinguishable from poverty. Grace and Jeannie take turns to look after their little sister Emily. Then one day - Grace's day - Em falls from the island's watchtower. But why and how Em found her way to that dangerous height remains a mystery, and Grace's lifelong remorse and guilt force her to relive the moment of her sister's death again and again. This is a novel written with uncanny style and control, in a range of voices that mirror the growing wisdom of the characters about a world of adult self-indulgence and the consequences of careless decisions and dishonest compromises. William Wall is an underrated Irish master whose work is reaching astonishing maturity.

Culture and Customs of Ireland

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Author: Margaret Scanlan

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313331626

Category: History

Page: 241

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Discusses the traditions, culture, religion, media, literature, and arts of Ireland.

This Side of Brightness

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Author: Colum McCann

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408846217

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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At the turn of the twentieth century, Nathan Walker comes to New York City to take the most dangerous job in the country: digging the tunnel far beneath the Hudson that will carry trains from Brooklyn to Manhattan. In the bowels of the riverbed, the workers - black, white, Irish and Italian - dig together, the darkness erasing all differences. But above ground, the men keep their distance until a dramatic accident on a bitter winter's day welds a bond between Walker and his fellow workers that will both bless and curse three generations. Almost ninety years later, Treefrog stumbles on the same tunnels and sets about creating a home amongst the drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes and petty criminals that comprise the forgotten homeless community.

Goodbye Yeats and O'Neill

Farce in Contemporary Irish and Irish-American Narratives

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Author: Edward Alphonsus Hagan

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042029935

Category: Drama

Page: 329

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Goodbye Yeats and O¿Neill is a reading of one or two books recently written by the following major authors: Roddy Doyle, Colm Tóibín, John McGahern, William Trevor, Seamus Deane, Nuala O¿Faolain, Patrick McCabe, Colum McCann, Nick Laird, Gerry Adams, Claire Boylan, Frank McCourt, Tim O¿Brien, Michael Patrick MacDonald, Alice McDermott, Edward J. Delaney, Beth Lordan, William Kennedy, Thomas Kelly, and Mary Gordon. The study argues that farce has been a major mode of recent Irish and Irish-American fiction and memoir¿a primary indicator of the state of both Irish and Irish-American cultures in the early twenty-first century. Edward A. Hagan is Professor of Writing at Western Connecticut State University. He is the author of High Nonsensical Words: A Study of the Works of Standish James O¿Grady (Whitston, 1986). In addition to numerous journal articles, he has edited and introduced three volumes in the University College Dublin Classics of Irish History Series¿To the Leaders of Our Working People by Standish James O¿Grady (2002), Sun and Wind by Standish James O¿Grady (2004), and The Green Republic by W.R. MacDermott (2004).