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Book Title: Mothers and Sons: Stories|
The author of the book: Colm Tóibín
Edition: Picador USA
Date of issue: September 1st 2006
Format files: PDF
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ISBN 13: 9780330441827
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Short stories from the author of The Blackwater Lightship and the The Master, a novel and quasi-biography of Henry James. And all the stories are indeed about mothers and sons. A newly widowed mother in a stifling small town rescues her grocery store from bankruptcy with an aim of selling out and moving her children to a decent life in Dublin. But her oldest boy has found a life in the town and in running the shop. An elderly woman brings her only son home to visit her husband who is paralyzed by a stroke. The son is just released from institutionalization for severe depression. An irreligious mother has a devout son who is a priest. Late in life she learns that he is about to plead guilty to charges of molesting young boys.
A teen-aged son is transferring his mother's old folk albums from plastic to CD and wants to listen to them with her. He is unaware that his mother never listens to them because her singing partner was her dead sister and he knows nothing of the story and trauma behind her death. A juvenile delinquent grows into a professional burglar and finds that his pub-fly mother is talking too much about his activities while drinking. The week after his mother's death, a young man has his first homosexual experience. A grandmother deliberately attaches herself to one grandson for companionship, and now, after years of this special relationship, his mother worries how the death of the grandmother is affecting her son. In a story set in Spain, an older brother, returned from military service, watches his younger brother get ready to serve his time and discovers how his mother secretly handles the stress. The mother disappears into a blinding blizzard in an isolated rural area.
These stories, almost all with the local color of Ireland, are of rural and small town folks just barely getting by. The plots are original, the writing excellent, and the emotional depth impressive.
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Read information about the authorColm Toibin was born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in 1955. He studied at University College Dublin and lived in Barcelona between 1975 and 1978. Out of his experience in Barcelona be produced two books, the novel ‘The South’ (shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and winner of the Irish Times/ Aer Lingus First Fiction Award) and ‘Homage to Barcelona’, both published in 1990. When he returned to Ireland in 1978 he worked as a journalist for ‘In Dublin’, ‘Hibernia’ and ‘The Sunday Tribune’, becoming features editor of ‘In Dublin’ in 1981 and editor of Magill, Ireland’s current affairs magazine, in 1982. He left Magill in 1985 and travelled in Africa and South America. His journalism from the 1980s was collected in ‘The Trial of the Generals’ (1990). His other work as a journalist and travel writer includes ‘Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border’ (1987) and ‘The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe’ (1994). His other novels are: ‘The Heather Blazing (1992, winner of the Encore Award); ‘The Story of the Night’ (1996, winner of the Ferro-Grumley Prize); ‘The Blackwater Lightship’ (1999, shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Prize and the Booker Prize and made into a film starring Angela Lansbury); ‘The Master’ (2004, winner of the Dublin IMPAC Prize; the Prix du Meilleur Livre; the LA Times Novel of the Year; and shortlisted for the Booker Prize); ‘Brooklyn’ (2009, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year). His short story collections are ‘Mothers and Sons’ (2006, winner of the Edge Hill Prize) and ‘The Empty Family (2010). His play ‘Beauty in a Broken Place’ was performed at the Peacock Theatre in Dublin in 2004. His other books include: ‘The Modern Library: the 200 Best Novels Since 1950’ (with Carmen Callil); ‘Lady Gregory’s Toothbrush’ (2002); ‘Love in a Dark Time: Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodovar’ (2002) and ‘All a Novelist Needs: Essays on Henry James’ (2010). He has edited ‘The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction’. His work has been translated into thirty languages. In 2008, a book of essays on his work ‘Reading Colm Toibin’, edited by Paul Delaney, was published. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster and from University College Dublin. He is a regular contributor to the Dublin Review, the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books. In 2006 he was appointed to the Arts Council in Ireland. He has twice been Stein Visiting Writer at Stanford University and also been a visiting writer at the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently Leonard Milberg Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton University.
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