Mothers and Sons

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Pan Macmillan Australia Pty, Limited, 2007 - Ireland - 309 pages
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"T ibin 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 T ibin'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 T ibin as a great prose stylist of our time.

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User Review  - RandyMetcalfe - LibraryThing

The stories collected here are muted, almost stripped of emotion despite some highly charged events occurring. It is as though Colm Tóibín wants the reader to take a step back and view these events ... Read full review

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User Review  - porch_reader - LibraryThing

Good short story writers amaze me, and Toibin definitely falls in that category. Each of these stories is marked by a rich sense of place and character. With just a few words, Toibin brings us into ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Colm T ibin 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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