The Blackwater Lightship

Publisher: Emblem Editions
A deeply resonant story about three generations of an estranged family reuniting to mourn an untimely death. It is the early 1990s, and Helen O’Doherty, her mother Lily, and her grandmother Dora, have come together in a crumbling old house along Ireland’s coastal southeast to tend Helen’s adored brother Declan, who is dying of AIDS. With two of Declan’s friends, the six of them are forced to plumb the shoals of their own histories and to come to terms with each other. Written in a spare, powerful prose, this is a moving novel about the capacity of stories to heal the deepest wounds.


Praise for The Blackwater Lightship:

“This is a brilliant achievement.…”
Ottawa Citizen

“An exceptionally fine piece of writing.…It’s a measure of Tóibín’s craft that he can sustain his honest, steady gaze on the enigma of life.”
Globe and Mail

“This is the most astonishing piece of writing, lyrical in its emotion and spare in its
construction.…Tóibín has crafted an unmissable read.”
Sunday Herald (U.K.)

“A genuine work of art.”
Chicago Tribune