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    Brooklyn (Hardback) By (author) Colm Toibin

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    DescriptionIn a small town in the south-east of Ireland in the 1950s, Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. So when a job is offered in America, it is clear that she must go. Leaving her family and home, Eilis sets off to forge a new life for herself in Brooklyn. Young, homesick and alone, she gradually buries the pain of parting beneath the rhythms of a new life - days at the till in a large department store, night classes in Brooklyn College and Friday evenings on the dance floor of the parish hall - until she realizes that she has found a sort of happiness. But when tragic news summons her back to Ireland, and the constrictions of her old life unexpectedly give way to new possibilities, she finds herself facing a terrible choice: between love and happiness in the land where she belongs and the promises she must keep on the far side of the ocean. "Brooklyn" is a tender story of great love and loss, and of the heartbreaking choice between personal freedom and duty. In the character of Eilis Lacey Colm Toibin has created a remarkable heroine and in "Brooklyn" a novel of devastating emotional power.


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    Title
    Brooklyn
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Colm Toibin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 484 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780670918126
    ISBN 10: 0670918121
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC22: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FB
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    VIKING
    Publication date
    29 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    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.
    Review quote
    'It is impossible to read Toibin without being moved, touched and finally changed' Independent on Sunday 'Exquisitely crafted and profoundly moving' Independent on Mothers and Sons 'Unerring poignancy' Guardian on The Master 'Rises to heights of extraordinary beauty' Indepedent on Sunday on The Blackwater Lightship