The South

The South

By Colm Toibin; Colm Taoibain

Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781476704487, 240pp.

Publication Date: October 30, 2012

The first highly acclaimed novel from an immensely gifted and accomplished writer ("The Washington Post"), about an Irishwoman who creates a new life in post-war Spain.
In 1950, Katherine Proctor leaves Ireland for Barcelona, determined to escape her family and become a painter. There she meets Miguel, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and begins to build a life with him. But Katherine cannot escape her past, as Michael Graves, a fellow Irish emigre in Spain, forces her to reexamine all her relationships: to her lover, her art, and the homeland she only thought she knew.
The South is a novel of classic themes of art and exile, and of the seemingly irreconcilable yearnings for love and freedom to which Colm Toibin brings a new, passionate sensitivity.

About the Author
Colm Toibin is the author of seven novels, including "The Blackwater Lightship;" "The Master", winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; "Brooklyn", winner of the Costa Book Award; and "The Testament of Mary", as well as two story collections. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Toibin lives in Dublin and New York.

Praise For The South

“Tóibín’s talent is amazing…a stunning novel.”—The Washington Post Book World

“A book of sustained lyrical beauty and power.”—Chicago Tribune

“A strong and moving work of fiction about the hard truths of changing one’s life. A grand achievement.”—Don DeLillo

“Tóibín’s first novel is a broad and beautifully worked canvas…an imaginative, deeply felt, and evocative tale.”—The Sunday Times