Tóibín, Colm

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A Guest at the Feast: Essays

This absorbing collection, so intimately told, is an excellent choice for any library seeking to expand on its religious and social commentary. Tóibín’s fans will want to dig in.

Vinegar Hill: Poems

A novelist’s poetry is, with a very few exceptions, a pleasure for the completist, but in this collection Tóibín supplies poems that should interest readers beyond his usual audience.

Mad, Bad, Dangerous To Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats, and Joyce

Well written but based entirely on secondary sources, thus providing no new information. [See Prepub Alert, 4/9/18.]

House of Names

This extraordinary book reads like a pristine translation rather than a retelling, conveying both confounded strangeness and timeless truths about love's sometimes terrible and always exhilarating energies. [See Prepub Alert, 11/14/16.]

On Elizabeth Bishop

Recommended for followers of both writers.

Nora Webster

Highly recommended for all collections of literary fiction.

The Testament of Mary

Superbly read, as expected, by the incomparable Meryl Streep, this audiobook is recommended for two groups of individuals, those interested in a personal reexamination of implicit church doctrine and/or those just interested in a good story about a troubled mother's life. ["A moving and thought-provoking take on the life of a religious icon," read the review of the Scribner hc, LJ 9/1/12.]

New Ways To Kill Your Mother

For the serious student of literature, this collection is worth the effort. [See Prepub Alert, 1/21/12.]

The Empty Family

In this triumphant follow-up to his award-winning novel Brooklyn, Tóibín exhibits his familiar stylistic simplicity while extending his emotional reach and range in surprising ways. There's a mastery of romantic eroticism that calls to mind Camus's lush lyricism in "Return to Tipasa" and Exile and the Kingdom, as well as the seductive strangeness of Katherine Ann Porter's best-known short stories. For all readers of fiction. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 8/10.]

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