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The Testament of Mary


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Colm Toibin is the author of ten novels, including The Magician, winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize; The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary; and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections and several books of criticism. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University and has been named as the laureate for Irish fiction for 2022-2025 by the Arts Council of Ireland. Three times shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Toibin lives in Dublin and New York.


"[The Testament of Mary] builds to a provocative climax, one that is as spiritually profound as its prose is plainspoken...A work suffused with mystery and wonder."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"A slim, grave, exquisitely emotional book...The Testament of Mary is a spellbinding, surprisingly reverent book."--Jeff Giles "Entertainment Weekly"
"Lovely, understated and powerfully sad, The Testament of Mary finally gives the mother of Jesus a chance to speak. And, given that chance, she throws aside the blue veil of the Madonna to become wholly, gloriously human."--Annalisa Quinn "NPR"
"Mary--silent, obedient, observant--has echoed down two millennia, cementing a potent ideal in the Western imagination. Now the masterful Irish writer Colm Toibin puts a jackhammer to the cozy, safe, Christmas-card version in The Testament of Mary."--Karen R. Long "Cleveland Plain Dealer"
"Toibin's intimate approach make Mary feel more credible and human...The result, The Testament of Mary, feels true."--Claire Cameron "The Millions"

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