We love Jeffrey Eugenides’ mom

I attended a reading of Toibin’s in Princeton, and when I mentioned that I was going to give the stories to my mother, he warned me not to: too much explicit gay sex, apparently. Well, that’s true about a couple of stories here, but I think my mother could have handled it, if only because she’s a good reader, knows what art is, and would have enjoyed the range of subjects and lives treated here.

Jeffrey Eugenides on his favorite book of 2011 in Salon, The Empty Family by Colm Tóibín