The Heather Blazing (Original)


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Scribner Book Company
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5.2 X 0.7 X 7.9 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Colm Tóibín is the author of ten novels, including The Magician, winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize; 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 and has been named as the Laureate for Irish Fiction for 2022-2024 by the Arts Council of Ireland. Three times shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.


"[A] stunning Irish novel, which seems to derive its clear and affecting style in part from the staunch personality of its protagonist...and in part from the chilly beauty of the south-east coast of Ireland."--The New Yorker
"The more one thinks about this clear-headed yet intense book, the stronger the impression it leaves."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"The Heather Blazing makes a breathtaking leap into the realm of Joyce's Dubliners."--Mirabella
"This lovely, understated novel proceeds with stately grace."--Alice McDermott, The Washington Post Book World
"There are...a handful of writers who manage to combine our time's awareness of the boot tracks families leave on their members' psyches with a direct and uncomplicated experience of those wounded lives. They are masters, and there are precious few of them...To nominate someone for that august company, Colm Tóibín seems an unavoidable candidate."--Geoffrey Stokes, The Boston Globe
"Beautifully written...Tóibín weaves past and present together in a way designed to extract maximum resonance...One of the book's surprises is its subtle humor, its awareness of small ironies."--Voice Literary Supplement
"The novel is narrated dispassionately and with deceptive simplicity, moving between the public figure of the judge in his study and the terrible deaths of childhood...It is impossible to read Tóibín without being moved, touched and finally changed."--Linda Grant, Independent on Sunday
"The quiet but relentless force of Tóibín's prose, its honed honesty and extraordinary shading of color and mood, animates his stories...There are breathtaking moments, episodes of glassing clarity and trueness to the deepest chords of emotional and spiritual life."--Vince Passaro, New York Newsday