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Toibin, Colm. THE EMPTY FAMILY: STORIES. New York City, NY: Scribner, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 280 pages. As New/As New.

Landmark collection of short stories. One of the finest short story collections of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents nine stories that have received near-universal acclaim from fellow writers, critics, and readers. Most of the stories are gay-themed even though Colm Toibin does not self-identify as a gay writer (he isn't; he is instead a writer who happens to be gay, which is not the same thing) and his books are not shelved or ghetto-listed under "gay literature". At the same time, Toibin is uncompromising (towards triumphalist gay readers and advocates as well as the general audience) in his depiction of gay lives that are tenuous, dishonest, corrupt, and shattered, just like straight lives, with humanity rather than sexuality being the real problem. The overriding theme of the stories is the very human need for and ultimate failure of love. That Toibin's book can become a bestseller and that this can be attributed to his writing genius, to the fact that very few are writing with such power and beauty today, is a genuine and great achievement. "These stories go a long way toward establishing Toibin as heir to William Trevor, with reverberations that show how life encompasses more than the living" (Publishers Weekly). The Last Word is surely from the finest living openly gay American writer of our time: "This is some of Toibin's most beautiful and heart-stopping writing. The story, 'The Street', is one of the great love stories of our time, gay or straight" (Edmund White). Previously, White would have insisted on "gay". An absolute "must-have" title for Colm Toibin collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Colm Toibin. Laid-in is a copy of the New York Public Library Souvenir Program during which the signing was held. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First American Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the greatest living writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COLM TOIBIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 143913832X. $60.00

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