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Nora Webster

 
 
Author
Colm Tóibín.
Publisher Scribner  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9781439138335
Pages/Publication Date 373/2014
Daedalus Item Code 73234
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(Winner of the 2015 Hawthornden Prize) In his follow-up to the Man Booker Prize finalist The Testament of Mary and the Costa Novel Award winner Brooklyn, Colm Tóibín introduces us to the formidable, unforgettable Nora Webster. A widow at only 40, with four children and little money, she has lost her true love Maurice, who rescued her from the stifling world she'd been born to. She clings to her privacy in the small coastal town of Wexford, drowning in her sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons. Yet Nora also has moments of stunning empathy and kindness—and then, one day, she begins to sing again.

"A high-wire act of an eighth novel.... Tóibín's radical restraint elevates what might have been a familiar tale of grief and survival into a realm of heightened inquiry. The result is a luminous, elliptical novel in which everyday life manages, in moments, to approach the mystical.... There is much about Nora Webster that we never know. And her very mystery is what makes her regeneration, when it comes, feel universal."—NYTBR

"[This novel] may actually be a perfect work of fiction.... There is no pyrotechny in the writing—just compassion and shrewd insight. Which is where Tóibín's brilliance lies.... People call Tóibín a beautiful writer because they don't know how otherwise to classify such a delicate talent, such empathic simplicity. Some mysteries can't be deciphered by criticism. Colm Tóibín is not a beautiful writer, he's merely a great one."—LATimes

"More thoughtful than Emma Bovary and less self-destructive, in the end far and away a better parent than the doomed Anna Karenina for all the latter's dramatic posturing, Nora Webster is easily as memorable as either—and far more believable. To say more would spoil a masterful—and unforgettable—novel."—NPR

 
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