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The Blackwater Lightship

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Publisher Comments:

It is Ireland in the early 1990s. Helen, her mother, Lily, and her grandmother, Dora have come together to tend to Helen's brother, Declan, who is dying of AIDS. With Declan's two friends, the six of them are forced to plumb the shoals of their own histories and to come to terms with each other.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, The Blackwater Lightship is a deeply resonant story about three generations of an estranged family reuniting to mourn an untimely death. In spare, luminous prose, Colm Tóibín explores the nature of love and the complex emotions inside a family at war with itself. Hailed as "a genuine work of art" (Chicago Tribune), this is a novel about the capacity of stories to heal the deepest wounds.

Review:

"An exceptionally fine piece of writing....It's a measure of Tóibín’s craft that he can sustain his honest, steady gaze on the enigma of life." Globe and Mail

Review:

"This is the most astonishing piece of writing, lyrical in its emotion and spare in its construction....Tóibín has crafted an unmissable read." Sunday Herald (U.K.)

Review:

"This is a brilliant achievement." Ottawa Citizen

Review:

"A genuine work of art." Chicago Tribune

Synopsis:

The Blackwater Lightship is set in the early 1990s in an old house in Ireland. Helen and her family have gathered there to care for her brother, who is dying of AIDS. A portrayal of a family at war with itself, whose storytelling and truth revealing may be able to heal all their wounds.

About the Author

Colm Tóibín is the author of four previous novels, The South, The Heather Blazing, The Story of the Night, and The Blackwater Lightship, which was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize. He lives in Dublin.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743203319
Author:
Toibin, Colm
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Terminally ill
Subject:
Grandmothers
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
man booker prize; ireland; wexford; dublin; inniscorthy; pen festival; lambda; gay fiction; irish fiction; literary fiction; costa book award; stanford; princeton; columbia; UT Austin; IMPAC award; the master; nora webster; brooklyn; nypl; new yorker; tes
Subject:
man booker prize; ireland; wexford; dublin; inniscorthy; pen festival; lambda; gay fiction; irish fiction; literary fiction; costa book award; stanford; princeton; columbia; UT Austin; IMPAC award; the master; nora webster; brooklyn; nypl; new yorker; tes
Subject:
man booker prize; ireland; wexford; dublin; inniscorthy; pen festival; lambda; gay fiction; irish fiction; literary fiction; costa book award; stanford; princeton; columbia; UT Austin; IMPAC award; the master; nora webster; brooklyn; nypl; new yorker; tes
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
048-01
Publication Date:
June 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 8.715 oz

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Product details 288 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780743203319 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An exceptionally fine piece of writing....It's a measure of Tóibín’s craft that he can sustain his honest, steady gaze on the enigma of life."
"Review" by , "This is the most astonishing piece of writing, lyrical in its emotion and spare in its construction....Tóibín has crafted an unmissable read."
"Review" by , "This is a brilliant achievement."
"Review" by , "A genuine work of art."
"Synopsis" by , The Blackwater Lightship is set in the early 1990s in an old house in Ireland. Helen and her family have gathered there to care for her brother, who is dying of AIDS. A portrayal of a family at war with itself, whose storytelling and truth revealing may be able to heal all their wounds.
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