Wed, 28/01/2015 - 19:00
192 Books 192 Tenth Avenue New York

Set in Colm Toibin's home country of Ireland, Nora Webster is a magnificent novel about a fiercely compelling young widow and mother of four, navigating grief and fear, struggling for hope.

Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora Webster has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be drawn back into it.

Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning empathy and kindness, and when she begins to sing again, after decades, she finds solace, engagement, a haven - herself.

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 19:30
Symphony Space 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990

Colm Tóibín, beloved Irish author of The Testament of Mary and Brooklyn, (now being adapted for a film starring Saoirse Ronan), in conversation about his newest novel. Nora Webster, an unforgettable portrait of an inimitable woman, her family, and the small Irish town that confines her.

"Brooklyn held me spellbound. Tóibín has a gift that Tolstoy and Chekhov have also been credited with: a seeming ability to render real life, undiluted and unornamented, on the page." - Bloomberg News

Sun, 04/01/2015 - 18:45
BBC Radio 3, 18:45 (10:45 PST, 13:45 EST)