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The Blackwater Lightship
"The Blackwater Lightship" by Colm Toibin tells the story of a married woman in Ireland, estranged from her family, who is forced to contact her mother after not speaking to her for ten years. Her brother, Declan, mortally ill with Aids, desires to die surrounded by his loved ones. Helen, not wishing to reunite with her mother Lily, and explain the nature of Declan's illness at the same time, visits her grandmother Dora who lives on the coast of th...