The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Toibin
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The Blackwater Lightship Summary
In Blackwater in the early 1990s, three women - Dora Devereux, her daughter Lily and her granddaughter Helen - have come together after years of strife and reached an uneasy truce. Helen's adored brother Declan is dying. Two friends join him and the women in a crumbling old house by the sea, where the six of them, from different generations and with different beliefs, must listen and come to terms with one another.
The Blackwater Lightship Reviews
"This is the most astonishing piece of writing, lyrical in its emotion and spare in its construction ...Toibin has crafted an unmissable read" - Sunday Herald
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Colm Toibin Author Biography
Colm Tóibín was born in 1955 in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland, the second youngest of five children. He graduated from
University College Dublin in 1975 and promptly moved to Barcelona for three
years. His experiences in Spain informed his first novel The South (1990).
Tóibín returned to Ireland to pursue a masters but never matriculated. He left
academia for a career in journalism and was editor of the prominent Irish news
magazine Macgill from 1982 to 1985. He has taught literature and creative
writing at Princeton and Stanford Universities, among others, and currently
lives in Dublin.
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