It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town, looking after her four children, trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband.
She is fiercely intelligent, at times difficult and impatient, at times kind, but she is trapped by her circumstances, and waiting for any chance which will lift her beyond them. Slowly, through the gift of music and the power of friendship, she finds a glimmer of hope and a way of starting again. As the dynamic of the family changes, she seems both fiercely self-possessed but also a figure of great moral ambiguity, making her one of the most memorable heroines in contemporary fiction.
From one of Ireland’s greatest writers comes one of his best novels. Set in County Wexford, Ireland, Nora Webster tells the story of a just-widowed woman in her 40’s with four adolescent and young adult children. The book covers three years from 1969 to 1972 telling the story of Nora, a formidable woman who endures heartache, the pain of losing love and the challenge of returning to small town Ireland and bringing up her sons. A beautiful and rich story if you read only one Toibin this should be it!