The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Colm Tóibín's new novel, read by Fiona Shaw.
It is the 1960s and Nora Webster is living with her two young sons in a small town on the east coast of Ireland. The love of her life, Maurice, has just died. Nora must learn how to forge a new life for herself, how to give her sons a future as she tries to hold onto the past. And, as Nora returns to memories of the happiness of her early marriage something more painful begins to intrude: memories of her own mother and what brought about the terrifying distance between them.
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I don't remember quite why I chose this title, but I am so pleased to have listened to it. The reading is atmospheric and the writing a precise and well executed study of a family, and in particular a mother reconstructing their world after the death of the father.
There are touching moments and some humour, but most of all there is the hum-drum of life made fascinating by wonderful writing and a perceptive mind.
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I didn't want this book to end!
Within the top five
A little like Jane Austen in that it deals with social relations, the influence of people on each other and tracks changes in the heroine
Her voice gives an Irish sound and intonation which lends meaning and humour to the dialogues and internal monologue
I don't want to spoil the story.
This is a moving account of a widow beginning life on her own after the death of her husband. Nora is a beautifully drawn character, feisty and dignified. The story is a wonderful depiction of life in a small community where people are kind and interfering in equal measure. You would think it would be sad, but I found it uplifting and gently humorous