Monday, December 16, 2019

Six books recommended by Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín's novels include The Blackwater Lightship; The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary; and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections, and Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know, a look at three nineteenth-century Irish authors. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. Three times shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.

At The Week magazine he recommended six of his favorite books, including:
Home by Marilynne Robinson (2008).

This middle novel of a trilogy set in the American Midwest revolves around two elderly clergymen and their families. From this modest material, Robinson creates panorama as well as moments of exquisite intimacy. Glory, at 38, has come home to tend to her elderly father. Robinson handles the intricacies of her mind with real tenderness.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Home is among Nick Lake's top ten liars in fiction, Richard Zimler's five best books featuring pariahs, and Diana Quick's six best books.

--Marshal Zeringue