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A Guest at the Feast: Essays

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A Guest at the Feast: Essays

“It all started with my balls.” So begins Colm Tóibín’s fabulously compelling essay, laced with humor, about his diagnosis and treatment for cancer. Tóibín survives, but he has entered, as he says, “the age of one ball.” The second essay in this collection is a memoir about growing up in the 1950s and ’60s in the small town of Enniscorthy in County Wexford, the setting for many of Tóibín’s novels and stories, including BROOKLYN, THE BLACKWATER LIGHTSHIP and NORA WEBSTER. Tóibín describes his education by priests, several of whom were condemned years later for abuse. He writes about Irish history and literature, and about the long, tragic journey toward legal and social acceptance of homosexuality.

A Guest at the Feast: Essays
by Colm Tóibín

  • Publication Date: January 17, 2023
  • Genres: Essays, Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • ISBN-10: 1476785201
  • ISBN-13: 9781476785202