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Colm Tóibín

Brooklyn

 
 
Author
Colm Tóibín.
Publisher Scribner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9781501106477
Pages/Publication Date 262/2009
Daedalus Item Code 64139
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(Winner of the 2009 Costa Book Award and nominated for the Man Booker Prize) The inspiration for the Oscar-nominated 2015 film starring Saoirse Ronan, Jim Broadbent, and Julie Walters, Colm Tóibín's sixth novel gives us an unforgettable character in Eilis Lacey, who has come of age in a small Irish town in the hard years following World War II. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and charismatic sister behind.

"Reading Tóibín is like watching an artist paint one small stroke after another until suddenly the finished picture emerges to shattering effect.... Brooklyn stands comparison with Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady."—Times Literary Supplement

"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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