The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Tóibín

When your past haunts every interaction in the present

An estranged family comes together to care for a dying family member. All the bitter memories, so carefully kept at bay, come crashing back in. Past becoming the third person in every interaction – permeating into every present feeling; becoming a comfortable anchor that one holds onto, not letting ourselves heal or re-evaluate history from the lens of empathy rather than anger. Seeing the past in tones of grey and black, as if any interlude of light was unreal. The bad decisions; insecurities; the unforgiving oppressiveness of families. A look at how the only way forward is to let go.

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