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The Blackwater Lightship

Narrated by: Niamh Cusack
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

Set in Ireland in the 1990s, Colm Tóibín's The Blackwater Lightship tells the story of the Devereux family. 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 to and come to terms with one another.

©1999 Colm Toibin (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Beautifully explored family relationships

Colm Toibin has a sensibility in writing his female characters which is simply awe inspiring. They are flawed and familiar and utterly real. This story follows the last weeks of a son, brother and grandson dying of aids in Ireland last century and the family fall out and redemptive rapprochement that ensues. Brilliantly written and read with calm dignity and restrained emotional power. Excellent.

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Heart rending

A delicately elegant story of a fractured family brought together through the challenge of caring for a loved one.

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Beautiful

This book is touching and warm. Written with such care bringing out the light and dark of the subjects. I didn’t want to finish it, it’s had a lasting effect of me.Stunning!

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The Blackwater Lightship

This is a great story and so beautifully read it made me cry at times.

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  • Sue C
  • 01-01-19

Read it twice back to back

This exquisitely written and narrated tale is about three generations of women in one family,apparently on a path to disintegration, who are brought together and reach a rapprochement because of the inevitable death of a brother.I was so moved by the realization that my daughter had never been part of three generations of women in one family. I was estranged from my mother before she was born. I now have a lovely granddaughter and I hope that with the help of her mother we are able to sustain a gentle and loving relationship without the need of a tragedy to hold us together.

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