Friday, February 11, 2011

The Empty Family

Taut. Colm Toibin wastes no words in the nine stories of his collection, The Empty Family. He brings characters to life with impressive efficiency, and places them in situations and relationships that unveil the complexities of love and loss and longing. Fans of the short story genre will appreciate the skill displayed in these stories, and most readers will find the stories engaging, especially because of his lyrical and precise writing. Readers of Toibin’s novels may find the shift in form leaves one wanting more, or asking “is that all there is?” after completing a story. For those who want more, re-read one of these stories, or revisit one of his novels. Toibin’s considerable talent is worth a reader’s time.

Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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