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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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