Set in 1960s Ireland, Nora Webster, Colm Toiban’s most recently published novel, tells the story of recently widowed Nora, mother to four, who has been a dedicated house wife all her life.
Having always had decisions made for her, now she is faced with a future of her own making. Mourning the loss of her husband, she must forge her identity and passions as something other than a wife and a mother, she must find her own personal happiness.
This book is about re-evaluating, self discovery and independence. As with Colm Toiban's novels, he masterfully portrays the intricacies of ordinary lives and creates drama through characters that are flawed but strong, and relationships with depth and history.
Title: Nora Webster
Author: Colm Tóibín
Reviewed by Suzy D, Mt Albert Library