The Empty Family: Stories
From the internationally celebrated author of Brooklyn and The Master, and winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, comes a stunning new book of fiction.In the captivating stories that make up The Empty Family, Colm Tóibín delineates with a tender and unique sensibility, lives of... show more
From the internationally celebrated author of Brooklyn and The Master, and winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, comes a stunning new book of fiction.In the captivating stories that make up The Empty Family, Colm Tóibín delineates with a tender and unique sensibility, lives of unspoken or unconscious longing, of individuals often willingly cast adrift from their history. From the young Pakistani immigrant who seeks some kind of permanence in a strange town, to the Irish woman reluctantly returning to Dublin and discovering a city that refuses to acknowledge her long absence, each of Tóibín's stories manage to contain whole worlds: stories of fleeing the past and returning home, of family threads lost and ultimately regained.Like Tóibín's celebrated novels, and his previous short story collection, Mothers and Sons, reviewed on the front page of the New York Times Book Review, The Empty Family will further confirm Tóibín's status as "his generation's most gifted writer of love's complicated, contradictory power." (Los Angeles Times)
Publish date: January 4th 2011
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Irish Literature
, Short Stories
Too lazy to check on chronology/influences, but either Colm Toibin is Ireland's Ethan Canin or Ethan Canin is America's Colm Toibin.Not in a derivative and negative way. They just remind me of each other: the style, the themes, the motifs (motives? surely not), the structuring of the stories. Very...
I love Tóibín's sensitivity and attention to detail. These stories ache.
I really liked this book. Toibin writes in a sparse, quiet fashion but it hits home. The last story, "The Street" was absolutely beautiful. Toibin's portrayal of Pakistani immigrant men living in Madrid was spot on. Reading it was so authentic that I would have mistaken Toibin for being a South Asia...
I read one Toibin novel, which I loved (The Master) and one volume of short stories which I liked (Mothers and Sons). This volume of short stories about alienation amongst family members was, on the whole, disappointing. The few gems were Silence, The Pearl Fishers, and The Colour of Shadows. While ...