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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colm Tóibín Narrator: Colm Tóibín, Tim Gerard Reynolds, Jeff Woodman, Alma Cuervo, Tim Reynolds, John Keating, Piter Marek, Terry Donnelly Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the internationally celebrated author of Brooklyn and The Master and winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award comes a stunning new book of fiction.

In the captivating stories that make up The Empty Family, Colm Tóibín delineates with a tender and unique sensibility, lives of unspoken or unconscious longing, of individuals often willingly cast adrift from their history. From the young Pakistani immigrant who seeks some kind of permanence in a strange town, to the Irish woman reluctantly returning to Dublin and discovering a city that refuses to acknowledge her long absence, each of Toibin’s stories manage to contain whole worlds: stories of fleeing the past and returning home, of family threads lost and ultimately regained.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The work of a supreme writer who only improves.” 

    Times (UK)

  • “A collection that will only further fuel Toibin's ascent through English fiction.” 

    Independent (UK)

  • “Tóibín has perfect pitch, and so do all the other narrators in this magnificent collection of stories. Each one brings a living voice—distinct and lonely—to the prose.”


  • “[The Empty Family] reconfirms his mastery of the short story—Tóibín raised his profile with the exquisitely bittersweet Brooklyn, and this collection is every bit as rich…Likely to rank with the best story collections of the year.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books
  • A 2011 Library Journal Best Book
  • Top 100 Editors' Pick for theAmazon Best Books of the Year in 2011
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month,January 2011
  • Winner of the 2012 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction
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