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ISBN-10: 1416534660
ISBN-13: 9781416534662
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publish Date: 01/01/2008
Dimensions: 8.00" L, 5.30" W, 0.61" H

Mothers and Sons

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Price: $19.99

Overview

With dazzling brilliance and empathy, Colm Tóibín’s collection of stories wrestles with complicated themes of emotional restraint, the long reach of sexual repression, and the difficulty of escaping one’s past.

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 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.

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"It's truly remarkable that a writer of Toibin's great felicity, immense seriousness and general large awareness – a writer so naturally gifted as a novelist – can deliver short stories of such subtle empathy and brilliance. He's dazzling."
– Richard Ford
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Details

ISBN-10: 1416534660
ISBN-13: 9781416534662
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publish Date: 01/01/2008
Dimensions: 8.00" L, 5.30" W, 0.61" H
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