Brooklyn: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, May 5, 2009 - Fiction - 272 pages
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Hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking, Colm Tóibín's sixth novel, Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself.

Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the years following World War Two. Though skilled at bookkeeping, she cannot find a job in the miserable Irish economy. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn to sponsor Eilis in America -- to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood "just like Ireland" -- 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, a blond Italian from a big family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. He takes Eilis to Coney Island and Ebbets Field, and home to dinner in the two-room apartment he shares with his brothers and parents. He talks of having children who are Dodgers fans. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love with Tony, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.

By far Tóibín's most instantly engaging and emotionally resonant novel, Brooklyn will make readers fall in love with his gorgeous writing and spellbinding characters.
  

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In his quietly perceptive prose, Colm... - Bookreporter.com
I also was disappointed in the ending. - Goodreads
The writing style alone was terrific. - Goodreads
The principal problem is with characterisation. - Goodreads
Tóibín has a sub-plot here as well I suspect. - Goodreads
Well, there's the writing, of course. - Goodreads

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Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin: (4*) This is a wonderful story about a young Irish lady, Eisle, who, because there is very little work to be found in her Irish village after WW II, 'is' immigrated ... Read full review

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User Review  - amanaceerdh - LibraryThing

good writing, but i found it to be a little dull. An irish girl is torn from her family, her country and all she knows to live and work in Brooklyn. Nothing much happens, until the end. I had such high expectations and was a little disappointed! Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
11
Section 3
33
Section 4
49
Section 5
50
Section 6
55
Section 7
59
Section 8
82
Section 13
114
Section 14
138
Section 15
146
Section 16
165
Section 17
187
Section 18
207
Section 19
211
Section 20
227

Section 9
84
Section 10
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Section 11
99
Section 12
105
Section 21
229
Section 22
238
Section 23
256
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About the author (2009)

Colm Tóibín is the author of seven novels, including The Blackwater Lightship; The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; and The Testament of Mary, as well as two story collections. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.

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