Colm Tóibín: Mothers and Sons

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Colm Tóibín candidly describes the inspirations for the stories in his first collection, Mothers and Sons: Stories (Scribner). Sometimes a landscape is enough to trigger a story, sometimes an anecdote or a bit of family lore. Tóibín is unusually forthright in telling the story-behind-the-story, showing us how a work of fiction is made.

  • Read an excerpt from Mothers and Sons.

Photo: Bruce Weber