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Brooklyn

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Awards

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2009 (Novel)
ALA Notable Book

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

It is Enniscorthy in the southeast of Ireland in the early 1950s. Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. Thus when a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Leaving her family and country, Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn, and to a crowded boarding house where the landlady's intense scrutiny and the small jealousies of her fellow residents only deepen her isolation.

Slowly, however, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life — until she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness. As she falls in love, news comes from home that forces her back to Enniscorthy, not to the constrictions of her old life, but to new possibilities which conflict deeply with the life she has left behind in Brooklyn.

In the quiet character of Eilis Lacey, Colm Toibin has created one of fiction's most memorable heroines and in Brooklyn, a luminous novel of devastating power, Toibin demonstrates once again his astonishing range and that he is a true master of nuanced prose, emotional depth, and narrative virtuosity.

Review:

"A classical coming-of-age story, pure, unsensationalized, quietly profound." O, the Oprah Magazine

Review:

"A beautifully rendered portrait of Brooklyn and provincial Ireland in the 1950s... Toibin writes about women more convincingly, I think, than any other living, male novelist." Zoe Heller, author of The Believers

Review:

"A compelling characterization of a woman caught between two worlds... A fine and touching novel, persuasive proof of Toibin's ever-increasing skills and range." Booklist (starred review)

Review:

"[A] masterly tale... There is not a sentence or a thought out of place." Irish Times

Review:

"Colm Toibin leads a generation of Irish novelists... His generation's most gifted writer of love's complicated, contradictory power." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Toibin's prose is as elegant in its simplicity as it is complex in the emotions it evokes." The New York Times Magazine

Review:

"Reading Toibin is like watching an artist paint one small stroke after another until suddenly the finished picture emerges to shattering effect." The Times Literary Supplement (U.K.)

Review:

"A quiet masterpiece." The Express (U.K.)

Synopsis:

From the author of The Master comes a moving novel about a young immigrant in 1950's Brooklyn who is torn between her Irish roots and the man who wins her heart.

Synopsis:

“One of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary literature” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.

 

Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.

About the Author

Colm Toibin is the author of four previous novels, The South, The Heather Blazing, The Story of the Night, and The Blackwater Lightship, which was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize. He lives in Dublin.

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Addicted to the page, January 24, 2011 (view all comments by Addicted to the page)
What do you lose and what do you gain when you leave home? In Colm Toibin's subtly moving novel, "Brooklyn," a young Irish woman moves to 1950s Brooklyn to better her family's situation. Just as she's adjusted to being in a new place, tragedy strikes at home and she must choose between her old life and her new one.
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Eileen, January 20, 2011 (view all comments by Eileen)
Brooklyn evokes a time long ago when young ladies in both New York and In Ireland lived a life so different than our lives today. I almost felt that the young Ellis was a cousin visiting from the Old Sod. Alovely story told so simply yet so well.
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Rebecca Leece, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Rebecca Leece)
Brilliant ending.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439148952
Author:
Toibin, Colm
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Literary
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Literature-A to Z
Subject:
man booker prize; ireland; wexford; dublin; inniscorthy; pen festival; lambda; gay fiction; irish fiction; literary fiction; costa book award; stanford; princeton; columbia; UT Austin; IMPAC award; the master; nora webster; brooklyn; nypl; new yorker; tes
Subject:
man booker prize; ireland; wexford; dublin; inniscorthy; pen festival; lambda; gay fiction; irish fiction; literary fiction; costa book award; stanford; princeton; columbia; UT Austin; IMPAC award; the master; nora webster; brooklyn; nypl; new yorker; tes
Subject:
man booker prize; ireland; wexford; dublin; inniscorthy; pen festival; lambda; gay fiction; irish fiction; literary fiction; costa book award; stanford; princeton; columbia; UT Austin; IMPAC award; the master; nora webster; brooklyn; nypl; new yorker; tes
Subject:
man booker prize; ireland; wexford; dublin; inniscorthy; pen festival; lambda; gay fiction; irish fiction; literary fiction; costa book award; stanford; princeton; columbia; UT Austin; IMPAC award; the master; nora webster; brooklyn; nypl; new yorker; tes
Subject:
man booker prize; ireland; wexford; dublin; inniscorthy; pen festival; lambda; gay fiction; irish fiction; literary fiction; costa book award; stanford; princeton; columbia; UT Austin; IMPAC award; the master; nora webster; brooklyn; nypl; new yorker; tes
Subject:
man booker prize; ireland; wexford; dublin; inniscorthy; pen festival; lambda; gay fiction; irish fiction; literary fiction; costa book award; stanford; princeton; columbia; UT Austin; IMPAC award; the master; nora webster; brooklyn; nypl; new yorker; tes
Subject:
man booker prize; ireland; wexford; dublin; inniscorthy; pen festival; lambda; gay fiction; irish fiction; literary fiction; costa book award; stanford; princeton; columbia; UT Austin; IMPAC award; the master; nora webster; brooklyn; nypl; new yorker; tes
Subject:
man booker prize; ireland; wexford; dublin; inniscorthy; pen festival; lambda; gay fiction; irish fiction; literary fiction; costa book award; stanford; princeton; columbia; UT Austin; IMPAC award; the master; nora webster; brooklyn; nypl; new yorker; tes
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 8.33 oz

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Product details 272 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9781439148952 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A classical coming-of-age story, pure, unsensationalized, quietly profound."
"Review" by , "A beautifully rendered portrait of Brooklyn and provincial Ireland in the 1950s... Toibin writes about women more convincingly, I think, than any other living, male novelist."
"Review" by , "A compelling characterization of a woman caught between two worlds... A fine and touching novel, persuasive proof of Toibin's ever-increasing skills and range." (starred review)
"Review" by , "[A] masterly tale... There is not a sentence or a thought out of place."
"Review" by , "Colm Toibin leads a generation of Irish novelists... His generation's most gifted writer of love's complicated, contradictory power."
"Review" by , "Toibin's prose is as elegant in its simplicity as it is complex in the emotions it evokes."
"Review" by , "Reading Toibin is like watching an artist paint one small stroke after another until suddenly the finished picture emerges to shattering effect." (U.K.)
"Review" by , "A quiet masterpiece." (U.K.)
"Synopsis" by , From the author of The Master comes a moving novel about a young immigrant in 1950's Brooklyn who is torn between her Irish roots and the man who wins her heart.
"Synopsis" by , “One of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary literature” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.

 

Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.

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