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Description - Mothers and Sons by Colm Toibin

"Toibin is a writer of extraordinary emotional clarity... These are beautiful stories, beautifully crafted" (Literary Review)Mothers and Sons is a sensitive 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. In the course of this one night his grief and desire for raw feeling combine with exquisite intensity. A mother sings about treacherous love to a rapt crowd of musicians in a local pub. Her unacknowledged son meets her eyes, unable to approach her. And in A Long Winter, Colm Toibin's finest piece of fiction to date, a son 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 Toibin as a great prose stylist of our time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780330423052
ISBN-10: 0330423053
Format: Paperback / softback
(201mm x 132mm x 21mm)
Pages: 324
Imprint: Picador Australia
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Publish Date: 1-May-2007
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Colm Toibin

Colm Toibin was born in Ireland in 1955 and lives in Dublin. He is the author of five novels, including the Booker-shortlisted The Blackwater Lightship and The Master (which won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize - the world's richest literary prize). His non-fiction includes The Sign of the Cross and Love in a Dark Time.

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