The Blackwater Lightship

The Blackwater Lightship

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Baker & Taylor
With AIDS about to claim a well-loved young man, three generations of his family are reunited at his bedside in Ireland, in a novel that explores the nature of love and the complex interrelationships among family members.

Blackwell North Amer
It is Ireland in the early 1990s. Three women, Dora Devereux, her daughter Lily and her grand-daughter Helen, have arrived, after years of strife, at an uneasy peace with each other. They know that in the years ahead it will be necessary for them to keep their distance. Now, however, Declan, Helen's adored brother, is dying and the three of them come together in the grandmother's crumbling old house with two of Declan's friends. All six of them, from different generations and with different beliefs, are forced to listen to each other and come to terms with each other.
The Blackwater Lightship is a novel about morals and manners, about culture clashes and clashes of personalities, but it is also a novel full of stories, as the characters give an account of themselves, and the others listen, awe struck or deeply amused at things they have never heard before.

Baker
& Taylor

With AIDS about to claim a well-loved young man, three generations of his family are reunited at his bedside in Ireland, in a poignant and evocative novel that explores the nature of love and the complex interrelationships among family members. By the author of The Story of the Night.

Simon and Schuster
It is Ireland in the early 1990s. Helen, her mother Lily, and her grandmother Dora have come together, after a decade of estrangement, to tend to Helen's beloved brother, Declan, who is dying of AIDS. Under the crumbling roof of Dora's old house, Declan's two friends join the women as each waits for the end. The six of them, from different generations and with different beliefs, are forced to plumb the shoals of their own histories and to come to terms with each other. The Blackwater Lightship is a beautifully written, deeply resonant story about three generations of an estranged family reuniting to mourn a tragic, untimely death. In spare, luminous prose, Colm Tóibín explores the nature of love and the complex emotions inside a family at war with itself. His fourth novel is about morals and manners, and the clashes of culture and personality. But most of all, it is a novel about the incomparable capacity of stories to heal the deepest wounds.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2000
Edition: First Scribner edition
ISBN: 9780684873893
0684873893
Branch Call Number: FIC To 2000
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 23 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 16, 2014

William Trevor, Seamus Heaney and Colm Toibin are Irish writers who weave tales that are intensely emotional but sparingly written. Family ties are stretched to the breaking point in Toibin’s latest novel, but they rebound with hope. Three generations of proud Irish women, distant from each other physically and emotionally, are brought unbearably close as they meet to administer support to Declan, a beloved grandson, son and brother who is dying of AIDS. As they search through their individual interpretations of the past, their separate realities, initially clashing, are slowly melded together.

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Minnetonka_Library
Dec 29, 2012

The story of a young woman, her mother, and her grandmother, who, along with two of her brother's friends, are caring for her brother as he is dying of AIDS. A very emotional book about character and family dynamics. One of my top four in 2012.

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jbeckber
Jan 08, 2012

From the BBC list of top 100 books to read, this was a relatively short read about a woman whose brother is dying of aids, and as her family reunites for his final days, how they reconcile and come to terms with each other and themselves. At times it was very touching, other parts were a little tedious. The one thing that I took away was reading about how the main character is bothered by her mother's selling of her childhood home and how she comes to finally put her finger on why she is feeling this way: everyone needs a place where they can go in their time of need. That concept nails exactly what I have been feeling with regards to the sale and renovation of my parents' house. I no longer have a haven where I can go and just flake out on the couch and know someone will pick up the pieces for me. I have to be the adult now.

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