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Mothers and Sons

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2007 Winner

Edge Hill Short Story Prize

Synopsis

Colm Tóibín's Mothers and Sons is a sensitive and beautifully written meditation on the dramas surrounding this most elemental of relationships. Psychologically intricate and emotionally incisive, each finely wrought story teases out the delicate and difficult strands woven between mothers and sons. This is an acute, masterful and moving collection that confirms Tóibín as a great prose stylist of our time.

In the media

All the stories share a miraculous density. Short but weighty, they contain whole lives.
Sunday Times
The last story in this excellent collection is a superbly powerful tale of betrayal and desertion. Quintessential Tóibín.
Spectator
Subtly and exquisitely written, the language never forced but utterly rooted in real worlds. Each story is haunting and memorable.
Evening Herald