In The Blackwater Lightship, a young Irishman contacts his sister to tell her he has AIDS, and asks her to tell their estranged mother and grandmother. Three generations of women are brought to life by superb stylist Colm Toibin, as their sick family member comes home to say goodbye and some of his gay friends come with him. Out of this simple and common pretext, Toibin spins a powerful tale of family and friends and mortality.


We’ll have four Wednesdays to discuss it; that’s about 70 pages per week. And there’s a CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame film of it with Angela Lansbury as the grandmother and Dianne Wiest as the mother, which we’ll try to include.


THE BLACKWATER LIGHTSHIP is humane, topical, short and swift and extremely well-written. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Please join me on Wednesdays at 6 pm in the new SASG building at 115 15th NE. – Nick