Brooklyn (Paperback)
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Brooklyn (Paperback)

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Published: 04/03/2010
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Toibin’s masterly depiction of the choice between duty and one great love, Brooklyn traces the path of a young Irish immigrant in New York, with her heart caught between the home she left behind and the future she longs for.

Colm Toibin's Brooklyn is a devastating story of love, loss and one woman's terrible choice between duty and personal freedom. The book that inspired the major motion picture starring Saoirse Ronan.

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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141041742
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 195 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

With this elating and humane novel, Colm Tóibín has produced a masterwork - Sunday Times

The most compelling and moving portrait of a young woman I have read in a long time - Zoë 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

Full of sly fun, lovely comic observation and an almost tangible pleasure in storytelling - Observer

Refreshingly authentic . . . Eilis is so vivid it's difficult to believe she did not actually exist - Financial Times

Waterstones Buttermarket Bookclub

Waterstones Buttermarket Bookclub

Bury St Edmunds - Butter Market
Thursday 27th June 15:00

Waterstones Buttermarket Bookclub Meeting 3pm, 27th June in our Cafe. This month we are reading Brooklyn by Colm Toibin Toibin’s masterly depiction of the choice between duty and one great love, Brooklyn traces the path of a young Irish immigrant in New York, with her heart caught between the home she left behind and the future she longs for. All Welcome.

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“Beautiful”

The description of the characters is wonderful. It really was a fab book, I loved reading every word of it.
A girl's survival in a new country and how she copes as a lodger, work and love...
After a death in the... More

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“Celtic nostalgia”

This is the first book by Colm Tóibín that I've read. I liked it a lot and was impressed that he wrote so well and so sensitively about female characters in the Ireland of the 1950s.
The story flowed easily, the... More

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“Excellent book”

This is a really heartwarming book about a young girl who leaves home for the first time. It's really easy to read and you get a strong affinity for the main characters

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