Released on 04 September 2008.

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Mothers and Sons

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2007 Winner

Edge Hill Short Story Prize


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.

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Subtly and exquisitely written, the language never forced but utterly rooted in real worlds. Each story is haunting and memorable.
Evening Herald
Some of the most accomplished and nuanced soundings contemporary fiction has to offer.
New York Times
The last story in this excellent collection is a superbly powerful tale of betrayal and desertion. Quintessential Tóibín.