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By (author) Colm Toibin

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Colm Toibin's Brooklyn is a devastating story of love, loss and one woman's terrible choice between duty and personal freedom. It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time. Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and homesick. And just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma - a devastating choice between duty and one great love. "With this elating and humane novel, Colm Toibin has produced a masterwork." (Sunday Times). "The most compelling and moving portrait of a young woman I have read in a long time." (Zoe Heller Guardian, Books of the Year). "A work of such skill, understatement and sly jewelled merriment could haunt your life." (Ali Smith TLS, Books of the Year).

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 200g
  • 04 Mar 2010
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 0141041749
  • 9780141041742
  • 1,888

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Author Information

Colm Toibin was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of five other novels, including The Blackwater Lightship and The Master, both of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and a collection of stories, Mothers and Sons.

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With this elating and humane novel, Colm Toibin has produced a masterwork Sunday Times The most compelling and moving portrait of a young woman I have read in a long time -- Zoe Heller Guardian, Books of the Year A work of such skill, understatement and sly jewelled merriment could haunt your life -- Ali Smith TLS, Books of the Year Suffused with humane depth, funny, affecting, deftly plotted ... a novel of magnificent accomplishment -- Peter Kemp Sunday Times, Novel of the Year Brooklyn moved me more than any other book this year -- Nicholas Hytner Observer, Books of the Year A beautifully crafted work that transformed ordinary lives into something extraordinary Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year No book this year gave me greater pleasure -- Nell Freudenberger Financial Times Not a sentence or a thought out of place. It takes over as his finest ficiton to date Irish Times Remarkable freshness and immediacy ... with a lovely comedic lightness Daily Mail A lovely, thoughtful book ... alive with authentic detail, moved along by the ripples of affection and doubt that shape any life: a novel that offers the reader serious pleasure Daily Telegraph Tremendously moving and powerful New Statesman

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Great but not all happy ever after ...

A really enjoyable read but - I really started to get annoyed with Eilis, though I think that was the point. Quite unusual to have a lead character who doesn't actually come good. Certainly more to this than a happy ending love story.show more
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