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.
catfish, March 25, 2010 (view all comments by catfish)
In Brooklyn, Colm Toibin tells the story of Eilis Lacey, an Irish girl who emigrates to Brooklyn in the 1950's, in beautiful, deceptively simple prose. We see Brooklyn completely through Eilis's eyes-- at first as a lonely and foreign place, very different from her small town in Ireland-- where ethnicities mingle and the Dodgers reign and black Americans are just beginning to be accepted into white society. And where Eilis at first feels homesick but gradually begins to create a life and fall in love. The idea of home and family and responsibility and what those words mean to Eilis's life runs through the book. And the twists of the bittersweet ending, where she has to choose between the two lives, has a deep emotional impact. Great book!
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by O, the Oprah Magazine,
"A classical coming-of-age story, pure, unsensationalized, quietly profound."
by Zoe Heller, author of The Believers,
"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."
"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)
by Irish Times,
"[A] masterly tale... There is not a sentence or a thought out of place."
by Los Angeles Times,
"Colm Toibin leads a generation of Irish novelists... His generation's most gifted writer of love's complicated, contradictory power."
by The New York Times Magazine,
"Toibin's prose is as elegant in its simplicity as it is complex in the emotions it evokes."
by The Times Literary Supplement,
"Reading Toibin is like watching an artist paint one small stroke after another until suddenly the finished picture emerges to shattering effect." (U.K.)
by The Express,
"A quiet masterpiece." (U.K.)
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.
“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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