There are the four Gospels, the extensive histories by Flavius Josephus, numerous other accounts of the life of Jesus in art and literature, but none that tells the story through Mary’s eyes. On today’s “Morning Edition,” Lynn Neary spoke with author Colm Toibin (Brooklyn, The Empty Family, The Master) on his new book The Testament of Mary. The story begins twenty years after the Crucifixion. Mary is living in Ephesus, cared for by the disciple John who is trying to elicit her corroboration for the gospel he is writing. But the Mary Toibin imagines is uncooperative. “I was there,” she says when John presses her to speak of the miracle of Jesus’ life and death. Listen to the full interview and read an excerpt of the book.
One Book, One Chicago
Inaugurated in the fall of 2001, the One Book, One Chicago program is launched each spring and fall to cultivate a culture of reading and discussion in Chicago by bringing our diverse city together around one great book.
Reading great literature provokes us to think about ourselves, our environment and our relationships. Talking about great literature with friends, families and neighbors often adds richness and depth to the experience of reading.
Selected Spring 2010Brooklyn byColm Tóibín
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Brooklyn seems to be a popular choice with book clubs right now. It was a recent pick for the Irish Times book club, and Toibin answered readers’ questions about the ideas and influences behind the novel.