Brooklyn

Brooklyn

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By (author) Colm Toibin

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  • Publisher: VIKING
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 236mm x 30mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 29 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0670918121
  • ISBN 13: 9780670918126
  • Sales rank: 80,146

Product description

In 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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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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'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