Nora Webster

noraNora Webster
by Colm Toibin
2015 / 374 pages (Kindle)
rating – 9 / contemp. fiction

Compellingly set in a rural area southwest of Dublin, Ireland between 1969 and 1972, Toibin’s novel is full of interconnected families and lives.  This is a wonderfully nuanced, character-driven story which unfolds slowly, subtly revealing a tale of courage, healing and change.  And there is considerable of change of many kinds from minor personal adjustments to large scale political upheavals.

Nora Webster’s husband, Maurice a  schoolteacher with moderately liberal politics,  has died and been buried and Nora is left to try to live her life as the sole support of their four children, two older girls and two younger sons.  She has no idea how to go about this and she is physically and emotionally exhausted having stayed with her husband at the inadequate local hospital through his last several weeks of excruciating pain.   >>>>MORE>>>>

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