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Empty Family, The

Author: 
Colm Tóibín
Publisher(s): 
Viking, London
Scribner, New York
Publication Date: 
2010-10
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"I'm not sure about themes. They almost come despite me, and are never planned. Maybe this time I was thinking about exile and return--none of the characters lives where they were born. In "The Colour of Shadows" (which is the story I like best) and "The Pearl Fishers," the protagonist is a Wexford person in Dublin, which might seem a slight sort of exile, but in Ireland is a serious one. (At least it is for me; I have never really warmed to Dublin.) But within exile and return, there are characters (rather than illustrations of themes) and I am giving them autonomy and trying to tell a story, or offer a rhythm that might hit the reader's nervous system, so what comes can come despite me, and often I don't quite understand it."

- Colm Tóibín, in interview

Description

The Empty Family is Colm Tóibín's second collection of short stories (see also Mothers and Sons, 2006), and his eighth work of fiction. Contents: One minus one -- Silence -- The empty family -- Two women -- The pearl fishers -- The new Spain -- The colour of shadows -- Barcelona, 1975 -- The street.

 

Cover image of The Empty Family
Publisher(s):
Viking, London