“Tóibín’s genius is that he makes it impossible for us to walk away.”
— The New Yorker
is Colm Tóibín's most beautifully executed novel to date.... Reading Tóibín is like watching an artist paint one small stroke after another until suddenly the finished picture emerges to shattering effect."
— Times Literary Supplement
"Disarmingly effective and affecting."
— National Post
"A small masterpiece"
— The Guardian
"Tóibín is himself a master — like his countryman William Trevor — of a kind of deep gentleness, even as the darkness falls on his characters.... Here is a writer who quietly watches and reports, shocked at nothing, missing nothing."
— Globe and Mail
About the Author
Colm Tóibín’s most recent novel, The Master
, won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Le prix du meilleur livre étranger, and the Los Angeles Times
Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His other books of fiction include The Story of the Night
, The Blackwater Lightship
, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the short fiction collection Mothers and Sons
. Tóibín was one of the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize judges in Toronto. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.