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Backstage: Backstage with COLM TOIBIN

February 3, 2011

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Go backstage with Colm Tóibín as he talks about his new collection of short stories, The Empty Family, demonstrates a profound understanding of human fragility and resilience – and the price we pay for both. In "Two Women," a brief encounter reminds a formidable woman of her long-lost lover. In "Silence," Tóibín revisits one of his favorite subjects, Henry James, who appears in this story at the same table as Lady Gregory. In "The Street," Tóibín recounts a secret gay love affair between two Pakistani workers in Spain – both lonely in their adopted country, and both longing for a human connection far from home.