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Nora Webster
Nora Webster | Colm Toibin
* * * Shortlisted for the 2014 Costa Novel Awards and the 2015 Folio Prize * * * Nora Webster is the heartbreaking new novel from one of the greatest novelists writing today. It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town, looking after her four children, trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. She is fiercely intelligent, at times difficult and impatient, at times kind, but she is trapped by her circumstances, and waiting for any chance which will lift her beyond them. Slowly, through the gift of music and the power of friendship, she finds a glimmer of hope and a way of starting again. As the dynamic of the family changes, she seems both fiercely self-possessed but also a figure of great moral ambiguity, making her one of the most memorable heroines in contemporary fiction. The portrait that is painted in the years that follow is harrowing, piercingly insightful, always tender and deeply true. Colm Tóibín's Nora is a character as resonant as Anna Karenina or Madame Bovary and Nora Webster is a novel that illuminates our own lives in a way that is rare in literature. Its humanity and compassion forge an unforgettable reading experience. 'A profoundly gifted world writer' Sebastian Barry
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Cinfhen
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My first Colm Toibin! This book was gifted to me by a very special friend and I recognize why she thought I‘d appreciate Nora. (Which I absolutely did) Nora is a young widow, mother/ sister in a small Irish village where she‘s been since birth and everyone has come to see her in a certain light. As Nora starts to make small changes they create big ripples for those around her. It‘s a quiet read with plenty of strong character development. 👇🏼

Cinfhen Thank you so much @BarbaraBB for believing in me and helping me recognize my own inner strength xx I feel truly blessed to call you a friend 😘 1d
Cathythoughts Lovely review! Sounds very good ♥️👍🏻 1d
Kalalalatja Great review 👌 1d
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TrishB Great review 💜 1d
JennyM ♥️ - sounds a lovely read 1d
ClairesReads I liked this one too 1d
Tex2Flo You always have such pretty flowers in the image! 1d
BarbaraBB I am so happy you recognized the strength! 💜 21h
Cinfhen Thanks all!! This was a slow read but I appreciated Nora‘s inner strength and resolve to stand on her own and the fact that @BarbaraBB sent it to me at a time when I was feeling a little down really resonated xx I think you would all enjoy @JennyM @TrishB @Cathythoughts maybe not so much you @Kalalalatja 😂😂 19h
Cinfhen My #FridayFlowers bring me so much joy @Tex2Flo thanks for noticing them 🥰 19h
Cinfhen Have you read other books by Colm Toibin @ClairesReads ???? I just ordered this one 19h
Kalalalatja I already read it, and only gave it a so-so, so you are correct 😂😂 but I do know the feeling of the right book at the right time, and I can appreciate it for being that to you 💕 19h
LeahBergen Lovely review (and lovely flowers)! 😘 19h
Cinfhen I agree about right book/ right time @Kalalalatja BTW: did my package arrive yet??? I mailed it about 3 weeks ago 😘 18h
Cinfhen Thanks so much @LeahBergen 💜 18h
Kalalalatja I got a notice it is ready to be picked up from the PO, and plan on doing it tomorrow 👍😘 (edited) 18h
Cinfhen Glad it‘s not lost 😊 @Kalalalatja 18h
ClairesReads @Cinfhen I‘ve read a couple but not that one- look forward to hearing what you thing 12h
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Bubbly_D
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Very fascinating story. Greatly enjoyed reading and am a huge Colm Toibin fan!

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Cinfhen
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What a WONDERFUL surprise!!! A special note with a lovely book from a very caring friend. Thank you so much @BarbaraBB the note meant so much to me along with your thoughtful gift. I‘m curious to see why you chose this particular book❤️As always, I‘m extremely grateful. #LittensAreTheBest

BarbaraBB I am happy you received this one so quick! I bought it because it is a favorite of mine and I read somewhere you‘d like to read this author. I hope you‘ll enjoy it once you get to it 💕 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m looking forward @BarbaraBB I‘m so grateful for your sweet gesture 😘😘😘 1mo
BarbaraBB You know why! 1mo
GatheringBooks that looks lovely! i love book people! 🧚🏼‍♀️🥰😍📚💕 1mo
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wallacereads
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Next up in my quest to #readmyowndamnbooks.

Crazeedi Curious what you think of this book when done 2mo
wallacereads @Crazeedi - I thought it was okay...nothing really happens so I had a hard time staying engaged. 2mo
Crazeedi @wallacereads exactly, just rather meh, right? I read another book by him, Brooklyn, and had the same opinion. And I heard his books were so great🤨 2mo
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Corar
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Not the kind of book I usually pick up, but I have a challenge where I am reading books recommended by President Obama. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed listening to this story about a recently widowed mother in 1960s Ireland. The audio book narrator (Fiona Shaw) was excellent.

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Felso
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Finished~ It is such an amazing feeling when you read the perfect book at the perfect time in your life. This book, and Nora the main character, have given me so much to ponder. Even though Nora is a fictional character, I feel close to her and that I‘m not alone.

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Felso
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I bought this last summer, finally getting to read it. Nora and I are going through the same thing now. We‘ll see how things turn out for her.

MaureenMc 💗💗🙏 1y
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mklong
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My Toibin binge continues with Nora Webster. This one follows the recently widowed Nora as she grieves and tries to put her life back together. Nora isn‘t always the best company, she tends to either act rashly, with little thought for repercussions, or not at all. She also maddeningly wavers on and doubts even the smallest decisions. All of that though makes her feel real and alive on the page. Not my favorite of Toibin‘s work, but still a pick.

LeahBergen Nice review! 2y
Reviewsbylola I️ loved Brooklyn but this one bored me to tears. The pacing seemed off. 2y
mklong @LeahBergen Thank you! 2y
mklong @Reviewsbylola I can see that. I spent a lot of the book wondering if anything was really going to happen. I think the mundanity of it was intentional though. The big drama of Morris‘s early death happened before the book even started and this is the struggle for normality in the aftermath. I suppose that doesn‘t make it not boring though. 2y
Reviewsbylola I️ don‘t always mind slower books, especially when there‘s a focus on character development, but something about this just didn‘t click for me. 2y
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BarbaraBB
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This is the subdued story of Nora Webster after the death of her husband. She is weighed down with a grief that she doesn't know how to deal with. She is critical, contemplative and thinks carefully about how to move forward. Slowly you see how Nora creates space for other things in life, like a new hairstyle, tentative friendships, music and being able to form her own opinion on the political situation in Ireland in the 1960s. #favourite

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AmberB1
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I loved listening to this book because of the narrator's Irish accent. In fact, for days after, I kept finding myself pronouncing some words with the same accent.

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Kalalalatja
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Nora and I didn't really get along. I couldn't really feel for any of the characters, and it was all just a bit too slow for me. It didn't help that this Danish translation had a lot of spelling errors also. In spite of all this it still had some beautiful moments and it is probably a very realistic portrait of grief, even though I think it could have been done differently.

#MarchMadness

JenP Oh that's too bad. I didn't pick it to move on but plan to read it for another reading challenge. I'm hopping that I like it more 2y
Kalalalatja @JenP I hope so too! Every reader is different, so It's a possibility. Also I don't know how much it effects the reading experience that it was a translation 2y
Reviewsbylola I agree with everything you said. I really wanted to love it but I couldn't wait to be finished and done with it. 2y
Kalalalatja @Reviewsbylola my feeling exactly! 2y
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Kalalalatja
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Next book for the #MarchMadness reading challenge. I would probably never have picked this book up if it wasn't for the reading challenge. But it actually does sound pretty good, so hopefully this will be a good read 🤞

#currentlyreading

Reviewsbylola This was a little slow for me. I wanted to love it like I did Brooklyn. 2y
Kalalalatja @Reviewsbylola it is pretty slow for me too. I am only four chapters in, and I am not completely sure what the point is yet. 2y
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AmyJ
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Not a favorite, but an interesting narration on the path grief and coping.

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Books_Wine_Repeat
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Nora Webster struggles to come into her own after her husband dies and she's left to care for her four kids on her own. I love Nora. She's brave, lonely at times and unsure of her future. Her realization that she 'neglected' her two younger kids and left them with a relative in order to care for her dying husband is heart wrenching. This was my first Colm Toibin. Love it!!❤❤

Soubhiville What an intriguing name the author has! I'll look for this, thanks for reviewing! 2y
lynneamch Loved Brooklyn, so bought several more by him. Didn't know which to read next. So, now I'll pick this one. Thanks! ☺ 2y
Books_Wine_Repeat @Soubhiville Yw! The author is Irish. 👍 @lynneamch Yw! I have Brooklyn and still haven't gotten around to it. 😬 2y
Soubhiville @lynneamch @Books_Wine_Repeat The Master is a Book Riot deal of the day! Just bought it. Thanks for bringing this author to my attention 😊📚 2y
Books_Wine_Repeat @Soubhiville Awesome! Thanks! That's on my wish list. 📚🎉 2y
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Cydster61
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I'm going away for the weekend. My husband walked past my bag and thought for a moment I was reading Uncle Tom's Cabin in Gaelic.

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JenP
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I actually have tons of books that would meet #titlewithapropername tag but this is one I'll be reading soon for #litsyatoz

I love Colm Toibin and have had this on my TBR since it came out.

Suet624 I love his books as well 2y
JenP @Suet624 have you read this one? 2y
Suet624 Nope it's on my TBR pile. 2y
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JenFischS
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Lunch break at work! PB&J + a new book to read = a happy me!! 🙃📚

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Mamashep
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On the book club list and because of Brooklyn, I had to pick this one up at the library book sale.

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LWagoner
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Colm Toibin has a beautiful and easy writing style. The words just flow. I found the story of Nora Webster very human. It was sad at times and then I would find myself laughing and cheering Nora on as she adapted and moved on with her life. Her spunk and grief were real.

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debmast
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I liked it (still like Brooklyn more I think). Love the way Toibin writes and character development. I find myself invested in his characters, even the ones I don't particularly like!

Jess_Read_This Yes! I completely agree with your summation! 3y
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Jess_Read_This
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As I'm slowly reading each book he has written, I am getting more and more respect for him as a writer. He crafts a plot and characters so easily. The rhythms gently flow and yet there is a rawness to each of the characters that I can't explain how to replicate. Brilliant author!

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bedandabook
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An understated novel, with a superbly drawn main character Nora; a woman finding her way following the death of her husband. Gradually, as she looks after her children, she finds herself through a love of music and learns to make decisions for herself. Left me definitely wanting to read more Toibin.

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"So this was what being alone was like, she thought. It was not the solitude she had been going through, nor the moments when she felt his death like a shock to her system...it was this wandering in a sea of people with the anchor lifted, and all of it oddly pointless and confusing."

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Galo
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I enjoyed Brooklyn. Let's give Nora Webster a try!