Mothers and Sons

Mothers and Sons

Stories

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
A sequence of nine short works by the award-winning author of The Master explores the intricate bonds between mothers and sons as reflected at pivotal junctures that shift the way each sees and understands the other, from a famous singer's performance for an audience that includes her son to a son's search for his oppressed mother through snow-covered mountains. 35,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Each of the nine stories in this collection centers on a transformative moment that alters the delicate balance of power between mother and son, or changes the way they perceive one another. Toibin writes of men and women bound by convention, by unspoken emotions, by the stronghold of the past. Many are trapped in lives they would not choose again, if they ever chose at all.
A man buries his mother and converts his grief to desire in one night. A famous singer captivates an audience, yet cannot beguile her own estranged son. And in "A Long Winter," a young man searches for his mother in the snow-covered mountains where she has sought escape from the husband who controls and confines her.

Baker
& Taylor

A sequence of nine short works explores the intricate bonds between mothers and sons as reflected at pivotal junctures that shift the way each sees and understands the other.

Simon and Schuster
Each of the nine stories in this beautifully written, intensely intimate collection centers on a transformative moment that alters the delicate balance of power between mother and son, or changes the way they perceive one another. With exquisite grace and eloquence, Tóibín writes of men and women bound by convention, by unspoken emotions, by the stronghold of the past. Many are trapped in lives they would not choose again, if they ever chose at all.

A man buries his mother and converts his grief to desire in one night. A famous singer captivates an audience, yet cannot beguile her own estranged son. And in "A Long Winter," Colm Tóibín's finest piece of cction to date, a young man searches for his mother in the snow-covered mountains where she has sought escape from the husband who controls and confines her.

Winner of numerous awards for his fifth novel, The Master -- including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award -- Tóibín brings to this stunning first collection an acute understanding of human frailty and longing. These are haunting, profoundly moving stories by a writer who is himself a master.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2007
ISBN: 9781416534655
1416534652
Branch Call Number: FICTION TOIBIN
Characteristics: 271 p. ; 22 cm

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badidea
Nov 13, 2015

This collection of short stories is about critical events in relationships. The stories do not have a finality about them, so it was interesting to ponder what might happen next in the characters' lives. There are some shocking stories and there are some sad stories. In two of the stories he writes about abuse by the clergy. I thought A Long Winter was the best story. It is about a young man's search for his mother in The Pyrenees after she fled from his controlling father. This story was powerfully moving, compelling and suspenseful. His careful details make the family drama and the atmosphere in the small Catalonian village seem so real. Nothing is superfluous. It reads more like truth than fiction. This author is exceptionally gifted.

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uncommonreader
Jun 12, 2014

An excellent collection of nine short stories, all about mother and son relationships.

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aggie66
Feb 16, 2011

This writer takes you into his characters souls... his ability to capture and draw you into the time, place etc allows the reader absolute immursion into the world he has created...

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vickiz
Dec 18, 2008

This examination of different mother-son relationships - some intimate, some estranged, some just strange - is movingly rendered in language that is simultaneously rich and plain-spoken. This is an absorbing read that I think would touch everyone in some way, even if you aren't a mother or a son.

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seaspirit
Nov 19, 2007

I don't generally read short stories, but these were all thought provoking. I took a few days between stories to fully reflect upon them. There were homosexual overtones to some stories.

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