Mothers and Sons

By Colm Tóibín
Read by Gerard Doyle

8.67 Hours 01/01/2008 unabridged
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Award-winning novelist Tóibín brings to this stunning first collection of short works an acute understanding of human frailty and longing. These nine beautifully written, intensely intimate stories explore the psychological push and pull between mother and son. Each story is centered on a transformative moment that alters the delicate balance of power in that relationship and changes the way mother and son perceive one another. With exquisite grace and eloquence, Tóibín writes of men and women bound by convention, by unspoken emotions, and by the stronghold of the past. Many are trapped in lives they would not choose again. Through the unique lens of each complex mother-son relationship, surprising hidden facets of character are revealed. Note: this collection contains adult subject matter that may be unsettling to some.

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Summary

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Award-winning novelist Tóibín brings to this stunning first collection of short works an acute understanding of human frailty and longing. These nine beautifully written, intensely intimate stories explore the psychological push and pull between mother and son. Each story is centered on a transformative moment that alters the delicate balance of power in that relationship and changes the way mother and son perceive one another. With exquisite grace and eloquence, Tóibín writes of men and women bound by convention, by unspoken emotions, and by the stronghold of the past. Many are trapped in lives they would not choose again. Through the unique lens of each complex mother-son relationship, surprising hidden facets of character are revealed.

Note: this collection contains adult subject matter that may be unsettling to some.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In all the wise, tender and illuminating stories to be found in this collection, [Tóibín] aims simply to show how, for better or for worse, the bond between mother and son is as inexplicable as it is unbreakable.” Washington Post
“Tóibín is a writer of extraordinary emotional clarity…These are beautiful stories, beautifully crafted.” Literary Review (UK)
“Gerard Doyle’s introspective and masterful reading of most of Tóibín’s short stories is nearly perfect…Doyle phrases the stories carefully in order to highlight the rich nuances and stark lighting and scenery…Tóibín’s consummate writing skills are not to be missed by lovers of serious literature.” Publishers Weekly
“Longing, frustrated expectations and an offhandedly gorgeous Ireland run steadily throughout…Wistful, touching and complex, these stories form a panoramic portrait of loss.” Publishers Weekly
“[Tóibín’s] exacting control over both form and material never varies…his adaptability in writing short or long, and in working with characters far different from one another, is astonishing…[A] rich but supple prose style seals each story’s—and thus the collection’s—absolute success.” Booklist (starred review)
“This outstanding collection will be deeply satisfying if you love literary fiction. Gerard Doyle does the best and apparently hardest thing for a narrator: He makes himself invisible so that the stories come alive for the listener, seemingly without an intermediary between the ear and the author…Doyle brings them alive with gravity and respect, exciting wonder at the emotional complexity of ordinary lives. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín’s novel The Master won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Le prix du meilleur livre étranger, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His other books of fiction include The Story of theNight, The Blackwater Lightship, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the short-fiction collection Mothers and Sons. He was one of the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize judges in Toronto. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English