Colm Toibin

Nora Webster

Added on February 18, 2016

Nora Webster Colm Toibin Scribner, New York, 2014 In his newest work of fiction, Colm Toibin gives us the gift of this beautifully nuanced and layered story of a woman coming to terms with the death of her spouse amid the turmoil of the Catholic struggle for human rights in Ireland. “Nora Webster is an [...]

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The Master

Added on June 1, 2015

The Master Colm Toibin Picador, U.K. 2004 Colm Toibin, one of Ireland’s greatest writers, one of the greatest gay writers anywhere, won many awards for this brilliant novel about five prolific years in the life of writer Henry James, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Lambda Literary Award, The Los Angeles Times Book [...]

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Added on December 7, 2013

Brooklyn Colm Toibin Picador, London, 2009 Brooklyn is Toibin’s sixth novel. It was long-listed for the Booker Prize and won the 2009 Costa Award. It was the Amazon Book of the Month for May, 2009. In Booklist’s starred review, they called Brooklyn, “A compelling characterization of a woman caught between two worlds… A fine and [...]

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The Testamant of Mary

Added on October 14, 2013

The Testament of Mary Colm Toibin Viking, London, 2012 Toibin is at his the top of his game in this bold portrait of Mary, mother of Jesus. Far from the loving, silent virgin mother of the bible, Toibin humanizes her. He transforms Mary through her feelings of guilt, her distrust of Jesus’ disciples, and her [...]

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The Empty Family

Added on October 6, 2012

The Empty Family Colm Toibin Penguin, London, 2011 The Empty Family, Toibin’s latest collection of short stories, won the Lambda Literary Award for best gay fiction. It was an Amazon Book of the Month and was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short story Award. It garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and [...]

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The Blackwater Lightship

Added on October 5, 2010

The Blackwater Lightship Colm Toibin Picador, London, 1999 The Blackwater Lightship is a story of three generations of Irish woman. A gay man suffering from AIDS asks his sister to break the news to their mother and grandmother. The challenge for the sister is that, because of long-term conflicts, she hasn’t spoken to either her [...]

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