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Nora Webster: A Novel - Colm Toibin
Nora Webster: A Novel
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From one of contemporary literature’s bestselling, critically acclaimed, and beloved authors: a “luminous” novel (Jennifer Egan, The New York Times Book Review) about a fiercely compelling young widow navigating grief, fear, and longing, and finding her own voice—“heartrendingly transcendant”... show more
From one of contemporary literature’s bestselling, critically acclaimed, and beloved authors: a “luminous” novel (Jennifer Egan, The New York Times Book Review) about a fiercely compelling young widow navigating grief, fear, and longing, and finding her own voice—“heartrendingly transcendant” (The New York Times, Janet Maslin).Set in Wexford, Ireland, Colm Tóibín’s magnificent seventh novel introduces the formidable, memorable, and deeply moving Nora Webster. Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be sucked back into it. Wounded, selfish, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning insight and empathy, and when she begins to sing again, after decades, she finds solace, engagement, a haven—herself. Nora Webster “may actually be a perfect work of fiction” (Los Angeles Times), by a “beautiful and daring” writer (The New York Times Book Review) at the zenith of his career, able to “sneak up on readers and capture their imaginations” (USA TODAY). “Miraculous...Tóibín portrays Nora with tremendous sympathy and understanding” (Ron Charles, The Washington Post).
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781439170939 (1439170932)
ASIN: 1439170932
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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The Way She Reads
The Way She Reads rated it
3.0 Meh
I’m going to be in the minority here. As far as I can tell most people think this is a fabulous book. Critical acclaim has been widespread and lavish. It is quite possible I missed something, but as with Brooklyn before, I was not so much unimpressed as under-impressed with Nora Webster. The story...
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4.0 Nora Webster / Colm Toibin
Set in Wexford, Ireland, Colm Tóibín’s superb seventh novel introduces the formidable, memorable and deeply moving Nora Webster. Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was bo...
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4.0 Nora Webster
I received this book from NetGalley on my kindle, but when I missed the publication date I decided to listen to it instead. I am a fan of audiobooks, especially when I can listen to them while I work. (ok, not serious work, more like mindless grunt work.) I was especially glad to listen to this one ...
Hol
Hol rated it
3.5 Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
Nora Webster was a wholly character-driven novel and while I took my time over it, when I picked it up, I was drawn into its world that depicted the life of a recent widow. This was the first book by Colm Toibin that I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. Set in Wexford, Ireland, it’s written in the...
All about me
All about me rated it
4.0 Nora Webster: A Novel
It's a story about the passage of grief in one's life. Nora was well aware of her own grief, but she didn't seem to see others' grief, or the effect her grief had on others, mainly her children and family. She appeared to have a bit of a prickly nature at times. But I don't think it was just this th...
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