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Colm Tóibín loses the plot

The novelist's fiction often makes a virtue of its mundane settings. But his latest novel is a reminder of what happens when you do away with plot entirely

Enniscorthy in County Wexford, where four of Colm Tóibín’s novels are set. © REX/Design Pics Inc

 

Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín (Viking, £18.99)

Colm Tóibín has written eight novels. Four of them—The South, The Story of the Night, The Master and The Testament of Mary—deal with subjects ranging from Argentinian politics to the life of Henry James. The other four form an intriguingly uniform quartet. The Heather Blazing, The Blackwater Lightship, Brooklyn and…

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