'The Empty Family' by Colm Tóibín

It should come as no surprise that Colm Tóibín admires Henry James; Tóibín, after all, wrote a novelization of James’ life, The Master. Most of the stories in Tóibín’s newest collection, The Empty Family (Scribner), share a stylistic heritage with James: a careful, almost classical style that eschews linguistic pyrotechnics in favor of a moment-by-moment… read more