A deeply resonant story about three generations of an estranged family reuniting to mourn an untimely death. It is the early 1990s, and Helen O’Doherty, her mother Lily, and her grandmother Dora, have come together in a crumbling old house along Ireland’s coastal southeast to tend Helen’s adored brother Declan, who is dying of AIDS. With two of Declan’s friends, the six of them are forced to plumb the shoals of their own histories and to come to terms with each other. Written in a spare, powerful prose, this is a moving novel about the capacity of stories to heal the deepest wounds.
Review quotePraise for The Blackwater Lightship:
“This is a brilliant achievement.…”
“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
“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.)
“A genuine work of art.”
About the AuthorColm Tóibín is the award-winning author of five novels: The South, winner of the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literature Prize; The Heather Blazing, winner of the Encore Award for best second novel; The Story of the Night; The Blackwater Lightship, which was a finalist for the Booker Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and, most recently, The Master, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize.
His non-fiction includes Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border; Homage to Barcelona; The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe; and, most recently, Love in a Dark Time. He is also the co-author, with Carmen Callil, of The Modern Library: The 200 Best Novels in English Since 1950.
He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
From the Hardcover edition.