Book review: Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín

Nora Webster: A NovelNora Webster: A Novel by Colm Tóibín

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.

This is the story of Nora, who became widow when she was forty years old and how she struggled to raise her four children without money.

By telling Nora’s story, the author magnificently describes the ordinary life of an Irish town in the late 1960s. Moreover to face her grief, Nora becomes mad by the neighbours’ condolences from which she tries to escape in order to regain her own life.

It seems that the author put some auto-biographical facts of his life in one of Nora’s son, Donal, an incommunicative boy who stammers and sees the world through his own camera.

Even if this is my first book I’ve read by Colm Toibin, I really like it. His prose flows naturally and the reader get emotionally involved with the main characters.


You may read the first chapter of this book here.


4* Nora Webster
TBR Brooklyn
TBR The Master
TBR The Testament of Mary
TBR The Heather Blazing


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