Tag: colm toibin

Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Refugees

With the coruscating gaze that informed The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman

Thirteen Ways of Looking

Ever since reading James Joyce Dubliners & A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, books set in and about Dublin immediately have a bit of a handicap. They are all Joyce until proven otherwise. And not just Dublin, really. It’s the problem I have with Colm Toibin–I couldn’t remove his Empty Family collection from Dubliners, because the

The Empty Family

Of course, I read an amazing, wonderful book…and I have to follow it up with a terrible one. It never fails, does it? I’ve had The Empty Family on my shelf for awhile–it was one I picked up from the $1 shelf at Half-Price. I had liked Brooklyn, so I thought I’d pick something else up from
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