Colm Toibin – The Blackwater Lightship

14. The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Toibin (1999)
Length: 288 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 22 July 2009
Finished: 25 July 2009
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 1 June 2009
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and Colm Toibin is a new author to me.


This is the story of Helen Doherty and her family. Helen is told that her brother Declan is in the hospital and needs to see her. She and her brother go to their grandmother’s delapidated guest house with his two friends. Declan’s friends know the whole truth that Declan’s family does not: that Declan has AIDS and is dying. Declan and Helen have sad memories of their grandmother’s guest house – they had stayed with their grandmother while their father died of cancer. Their mother, Lily, had returned to them cold and remote and their relationship with her and subsequently their grandmother was seriously affected into later life – especially for Helen. I loved this book; the story was poignant and beautifully written. I give it an A+! and recommend it to anyone who likes stories about the dynamics of families.

A+! – (96-100%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight
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