Booknotes from Our Staff

The Empty Family: Stories by Colm Tóibín (Scribner)

In this beautiful collection of short stories, Colm Tóibín proves himself to be the master. The stories represent various time periods, but the common thread between them is that they all reveal the inner lives of the characters. I was captured from the very first story, “Silence,” a story based on a Henry James journal entry in which Lady Gregory is the central character. The story “Two Women” presents an arrogant and solitary set designer who returns to native Ireland to work on a film, which brings back memories of an affair that was the central passion of her life. These are just two of the excellent stories in this collection. Tóibín is a writer to be treasured. –Greg

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