The Empty Family by Colm Tóibín
Publication Date: January 2011
Categories: Literary, Short Stories
Colm Tóibín’s exquisitely written new stories, set in present-day Ireland, 1970s Spain and nineteenth century England, are about people linked by love, loneliness and desire. Tóibín is a master at portraying mute emotion, intense intimacies that remain unacknowledged or unspoken. In this stunning collection, he cements his status as “his generation’s most gifted writer of love’s complicated, contradictory power” (Los Angeles Times).
Usually I have a difficult time reading short story collections. They run together for me and I can't stop thinking of the book as a novel. But The Empty Family gave me no such problems. Every story was complete and separate and contained in its own fully formed world.
I read most of The Empty Family during Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon and finished it up the next day. I read it at the end of the event. I was tired. No, I was exhausted. The fact that these stories grabbed my attention and kept me awake says a lot.
This book has been out for quite a while but it escaped my notice until I was looking for reading material for The Literary Others LGBT Reading Event. A big thanks to Adam @ Roof Beam Reader for inspiring me to look for books out of my normal reading range!
Other Blogger's Thoughts on The Empty Family:
“I do not care much about the mysteries of the universe, unless they come to me in words, or in music maybe, or in a set of colours, and then I entertain them merely for their beauty and only briefly.”