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Author
Colm Toibin.
Publisher Scribner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.55 inches
ISBN 9781439148952
Pages/Publication Date 262/2010
Daedalus Item Code 13296
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Winner of the 2009 Costa Book Award (formerly the Whitbread Award) "[Colm] Tóibín's brief novel, following his bravura rendering of the life of Henry James in The Master, seems modest at first. A diligent young woman with few opportunities in 1950s Ireland is packed off by her family to Brooklyn, where she works in a department store, goes to church and night school, and acquires a boyfriend, before a family crisis presents her with a stark choice between her new life and her old one. Within these confines, Tóibín creates a narrative of remarkable power, writing with a spareness and intensity that give the minutest shades of feeling immense emotional impact. Seen through his protagonist's cautious eyes, even hackneyed tropes of Brooklyn life, such as trips to Ebbets Field and Coney Island, take on a subtle strangeness. Purging the immigrant novel of all swagger and sentimentality, Tóibín leaves us with a renewed understanding that to emigrate is to become a foreigner in two places at once."—The New Yorker
 
 
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