The Empty Family (audio book) by Colm Toibin

Find in catalogThis author was new to me. I got a sense of his writing from these half-dozen short stories, read by different narrators. Toibin himself was one of the narrators, and his voice or style was uncomfortable to me. The two stories named in the catalog are the best, “Two Women” and “The Street.” The author seems to be gay, and there are some sexually explicit sections. “The Street” is about two Pakistani men now working in the USA, one young and the other in his forties. They are slowly drawn to each other, despite the social challenges of their work and living environments. It’s told from the young man’s point of view, in poignant detail. This story, even with one awful scene, was the most hopeful.

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