Dimensions: 112 pages, 7.8 × 5.27 × 0.51 in
Published: October 30, 2012
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0771084145
ISBN - 13: 9780771084140
From the Publisher
In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her
son''s crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the
authors of the Gospel -- her keepers, who provide her with food and
shelter and visit her regularly. She does not agree that her son is
the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it;" nor that the
"group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a
woman in the eye," were holy disciples. Mary judges herself
ruthlessly (she did not stay at the foot of the Cross until her son
died -- she fled, to save herself), and is equally harsh on her
judgement of others. This woman who we know from centuries of
paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent,
long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a
tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or
Antigone. Tóibín''s tour de force of imagination and language is a
portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be
About the Author
COLM TÓIBÍN is the award-winning author of six internationally
acclaimed novels, including The Blackwater Lightship, The Master,
winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Le prix du
meilleur livre étranger, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for
Fiction, and, most recently, Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Novel
Award and now a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin
Literary Award. Tóibín''s previous book of short fiction was the #1
national bestseller Mothers and Sons. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
"An exquisite novella."
-The New Yorker
"A monumental achievement…. A tender, soul-rending exploration of a
mother's mourning; a searing, stunning work."
-The Independent (U.K.)
"A gentle, thoughtful reimagining of Mary's own experience of her
life. . . . An important and persuasive book."
"Flawless … touching, moving and terrifying."
"A beautiful and daring work."
- New York Times Book Review
"Tóibín has created an impressive work of religious imagination….
Haunting, highly original." - Times Literary
"A heartfelt, powerful work." -Wall Street Journal
"Dramatic and poetic… A powerful, devastating story."