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Mothers and Sons - Colm Toibin

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Published: September 2007
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Mothers and Sons is a sensitive and beautifully written meditation on the dramas surrounding this most elemental of relationships. 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.

'Colm Toibin is a writer of extraordinary emotional clarity. Each of the nine stories is a snapshot of a point of crisis ...Toibin perfectly understands the instantaneous nature of the ideal short story; the sense that the pen is going straight into a major vein. These are beautiful stories, beautifully crafted' - Kate Saunders, "Literary Review".

'The last story in this excellent collection is a superbly powerful tale of betrayal and desertion. Quintessential Toibin' - "Spectator".

'Moving ...beautifully captured moments of longing and loss ...Toibin is a subtle, intelligent and deeply felt writer' - "Guardian"

'By turns surprising and illuminating, always beautifully written, Mothers and Sons places Toibin in the front rank of modern Irish fiction ...It may not be going too far to suggest Irish fiction has found its first Master of the new century' - "Scotland on Sunday".

Some of the most accomplished and nuanced soundings contemporary fiction has to offer. * New York Times * Subtly and exquisitely written, the language never forced but utterly rooted in real worlds. Each story is haunting and memorable. -- Dermot Bolger * Evening Herald * All the stories share a miraculous density. Short but weighty, they contain whole lives. * Sunday Times * Toibin is a master of understated emotions. From wintry landscapes, bereft of human life, to crowded pubs filled with musicians, every scene has the ring of truth. * Mail on Sunday * 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 By turns surprising and illuminating, always beautifully written, Mothers and Sons places Toibin in the front rank of modern Irish fiction . . . It may not be going too far to suggest Irish fiction has found its first Master of the new century. * Scotland on Sunday * Moving . . . beautifully captured moments of longing and loss . . . Toibin is a subtle, intelligent and deeply felt writer. * Guardian * The last story in this excellent collection is a superbly powerful tale of betrayal and desertion. Quintessential Toibin. * Spectator * Colm Toibin is a writer of extraordinary emotional clarity. Each of the nine stories is a snapshot of a point of crisis . . . Toibin perfectly understands the instantaneous nature of the ideal short story; the sense that the pen is going straight into a major vein. These are beautiful stories, beautifully crafted. -- Kate Saunders * Literary Review *

ISBN: 9780330441834
ISBN-10: 0330441833
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: September 2007
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.1  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.23