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Motherhood stripped bare

Mothers And Sons, by Colm Toibin, Picador 2006, €16.99.

2nd September, 2006

Mothers And Sons, by Colm Toibin, Picador 2006, €16.99.

The Irish writer William Trevor has observed a distinguishing feature of modern short stories: that they withhold as much information as they release. This is an inevitable consequence of the short story form, where there is restriction in terms of what can and cannot be described.

However, the withholding of details is also a vital aspect of the craft, as many stories proceed by suggestion, allusion and...

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