The Blackwater Lightship
By Colm Toibin
(Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9780684873893, 288pp.)
Publication Date: August 2000
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"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 Tiibin 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.