The Blackwater Lightship (Paperback)
Scribner Book Company, 9780743203319, 288pp.
Publication Date: June 5, 2001
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, The Blackwater Lightship is a deeply resonant story about three generations of an estranged family reuniting to mourn an untimely death. In spare, luminous prose, Colm Toibin explores the nature of love and the complex emotions inside a family at war with itself. Hailed as "a genuine work of art" (Chicago Tribune), this is a novel about the capacity of stories to heal the deepest wounds.
Praise For The Blackwater Lightship…
Beautifully crafted...spare and devastating...
The Wall Street Journal
The Blackwater Lightship is the most perfect work on the Booker list...The prose is economical and deft, and the book is rich with entrancing stories.
The Washington Post Book World
...supple, beautifully modulated prose, complex relationships and careful construction...a powerful and absorbing novel.
Tóibín is a superb technician with a brave soul. The Blackwater Lightship is a great and humanizing novel.
Tóibín writes with high-voltage restraint.
The Seattle Times
So much is here and you long to grasp it whole...the best new novel this reviewer has read all year.