The Empty Family.

By Colin Toibin

Printed: 2010

Publisher: Viking. London

Edition: 1st edition

Dimensions 17 × 24 × 3 cm
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Language: English

Size (cminches): 17 x 24 x 3

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In the original dustsheet. Purple cloth binding with gilt title on the spine.

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On the heels of his bestselling and award-winning novel Brooklyn, Colm Tóibín returns with a stunning collection of stories–“a book that’s both a perfect introduction to Tóibín and, for longtime fans, a bracing pleasure” ( The Seattle Times ).

Critics praised Brooklyn as a “beautifully rendered portrait of Brooklyn and provincial Ireland in the 1950s.” In The Empty Family, Tóibín has extended his imagination further, offering an incredible range of periods and characters–people linked by love, loneliness, desire–“the unvarying dilemmas of the human heart” ( The Observer, UK).

In the breathtaking long story “The Street,” Tóibín imagines a relationship between Pakistani workers in Barcelona–a taboo affair in a community ruled by obedience and silence. In “Two Women,” an eminent and taciturn Irish set designer takes a job in her homeland and must confront emotions she has long repressed. “Silence” is a brilliant historical set piece about Lady Gregory, who tells the writer Henry James a confessional story at a dinner party.

The Empty Family will further cement Tóibín’s status as “his generation’s most gifted writer of love’s complicated, contradictory power” ( Los Angeles Times ).

Reviews:

  • “[“The Empty Family”] reconfirms his mastery of the short story…. Toibin raised his profile with the exquisitely bittersweet “Brooklyn”, and this collection is every bit as rich… Likely to rank with the best story collections of the year.”–“Kirkus” (starred review)

  • “A collection that will only further fuel Toibin’s ascent through English fiction.”–“The Independent” (UK)

  • “The work of a supreme writer who only improves.”–“The Times” (U.K.)

  • “This is some of Toibin’s most beautiful and heart-stopping writing. The story ‘The Street’ is one of the great love stories of our time, gay or straight.”–Edmund White, author of “City Boy”

The Author, Colm Tóibín is the author of eleven novels, including Long Island; The Magician, winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize; The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary; and Nora Webster; as well as two story collections and several books of criticism. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University and has been named as the Laureate for Irish Fiction for 2022-2024 by the Arts Council of Ireland. Three times shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.

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