Title: THE EMPTY FAMILY: STORIES - Scarce Pristine ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Scribner, 2011
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 280 pages. Published in 2011. Retrospective collection of short stories. One of the greatest short story collections of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Colm Toibin's "The Empty Family". Nine stories which have received near-universal acclaim from fellow writers, critics, and readers. Some (but not all) of the stories are gay-themed even though Colm Toibin does not self-identify as a gay writer (because he isn't; he is instead a writer who happens to be gay), and his books are not shelved or ghetto-listed under "gay literature". At the same time, Toibin is uncompromising towards triumphalist gay readers and advocates as well as the general audience in his depiction of gay lives that are fragile, corrupted, and broken, just like straight lives, with humanity rather than sexuality being the real problem. It is often easily forgotten or taken for granted that Toibin's unflinching yet sympathetic portraits of Ireland are unsurpassed among writers of his generation. His women characters are not a male or gay writer's fantasy projections but real women drawn from real life. Apart from his exquisite prose, Toibin's technique of telling one story in full while alluding to another in passing is nothing less than a fresh way of re-telling what is otherwise a familiar, even banal theme: The very human need for and ultimate failure of love. In Toibin's masterly hands, the story that is alluded to is of as much interest, if not even more so, as the main narrative. In the eponymous piece, the "narrated" and "suggested" stories are given nearly equal emphasis, in impressionistic writing of the most allusive kind. In the longest piece, "The Street", Toibin has written a 72-page novella that he has nevertheless decided to call a short story, as Alice Munro, one of his mentors, calls longer pieces. "This is some of Toibin's most beautiful and heart-stopping writing. The story, 'The Street', is one of the great love stories of our time, gay or straight" (Edmund White). An absolute "must-have" title for Colm Toibin collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Colm Toibin. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. Laid-in is a copy of the New York Public Library Souvenir Program of the event during which the signing was held. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COLM TOIBIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 143913832X. Bookseller Inventory # 16315
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