The depth of character in the title character of Colm Toibin’s novel, Nora Webster
, develops from the first page of the novel and continues to the end. Using atmospheric descriptive language, Toibin presents Nora and her life as she grieves the death of her husband. I found that the more closely I read and absorbed Toibin’s choice of words, the more deeply I came to understand Nora and her complexity. The motif about music developed in a similar deliberate way: leading toward resolution and harmony. Those readers who enjoy finely written literary fiction are those most likely to appreciate this novel.
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