Dubray Books review:
Nora has been a mother, a wife, a sister and a daughter but now, without her beloved Maurice by her side, she has to redefine herself as a widow. Who is she when she’s not minding the house, checking on her boys, or looking out for her daughters? How can she make decisions on her own, perhaps work again, learn to enjoy life? It’s hard when, for the hundredth time, she’s waylaid by a neighbour or a friend wanting to offer their condolences and express their sorrow at her loss when she wishes they would just leave her in peace. But Nora is made of stronger stuff than even she realises: she finds her own voice, makes a whole new set of friends, and discovers joy in music. This is a simple story that demonstrates the inner turmoil felt when it seems everything has been lost, and the pleasure in finding a new way to live.
Mary Burnham, Dubray Books Dun Laoghaire
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. Colm Toibin's Nora is a character as resonant as Anna Karenina or Madame Bovary and Nora Websteris a novel that illuminates our own lives in a way that is rare in literature. Its humanity and compassion forge an unforgettable reading experience.
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