Brooklyn

By Colm Toibin
(Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781439148952, 262pp.)

Publication Date: March 2, 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the March 2010 Indie Next List
“One of the loveliest novels of 2009 now available in paperback: an Irish coming-of-age story that is both heartrending and full of hope. Toibin is a master.”
-- Matthew Lage, Iowa Book L.L.C., Iowa City, IA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer '10 Reading Group List
“Eilis Lacey has no apparent future in rural Ireland, and with the help of a priest makes her way to a Catholic enclave in Brooklyn. Uncanny in its evocation of a young woman coming of age, and of a city coming of age, Brooklyn is at once interior and ironic, distanced and involving. Toibin, who is masterful here in his depiction of Brooklyn and Ireland circa 1950, and of such issues as self determination, love of country, love of family, and, of course, sexual love. Perfect for book groups!”
-- Betsy Burton, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT


Description

“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
The Irish author Colm Toibin s most recent novel, the bestselling Brooklyn, won the 2010 Costa Fiction Award.
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