New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families


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Scribner Book Company
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5.5 X 7.86 X 0.89 inches | 0.82 pounds
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About the Author

Colm Tóibín is the author of ten novels, including 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 several books of criticism. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. Three times shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.


"[Toibin possesses a] vast understanding of fiction and its uses, and a mind that processes novels and ideas like a rumbling supercomputer...Mr. Toibin is such an adept and morally serious close reader that his criticism becomes nearly as galvanizing as his fiction. There really aren't, it turns out, any new ways to kill your mother, at least not artistically. But all the old ways, in Mr. Toibin's telling, still work rather beautifully."--Dwight Garner "The New York Times "
"[A] lively exploration of writers and their families...Fascinating."--Melissa Maerz "Entertainment Weekly "
"A typical Tóibín essay describes the arc of a writer's development and life, and uses the writer's own words to draw graceful conclusions about his temperament and biography...Tóibín's skill at glossing the lives of great writers is on display in his latest essay collection."--Andrew Martin "Bookforum "
"Tóibín finds an engaging multiplicity of detail. And his critical voice is as seductive as the widely varying voices in his novels."--Donna Rifkind "Barnes & Noble Review "
"Tóibín is a masterly novelist who is also a fine critic...powerful."--Mira Sethi "Wall Street Journal "
"[Tóibín writes] shrewdly and passionately as both critic and novelist."--Fred Setterberg "Minneapolis Star Tribune "
"Like all fine critics, Tóibín inspires readers to go back to the work, and he brings a human aspect to the works of seemingly deracinated authors like Beckett and Jorge Luis Borges...It's a pleasure to watch Tóibín rove through 19th and 20th-century literary history."--Kirkus Reviews
"Tóibín excels when discussing craft...[New Ways to Kill Your Mother is] chock-full of biographic detail that will interest ardent readers."--Publishers Weekly