I had heard of Colm Tóibín, twice shortlisted for the Mann Booker Prize and
author of the critically lauded The Master, but had never read any of his books until I happened
across his latest. Largely, Brooklyn is about the immigrant experience and the difficulties
of returning home, but it is also a novel about one woman's maturation, her
change from a person living in the shadows to one fully experiencing life.
Brooklyn follows the experience of Eilis Lacy, an ordinary Irish girl from the small town of Enniscorthy. Almost without her knowing it, she is packed off to the United States. Her sister Rose, the organizer of the family, seems to understand that Eilis will come to nothing if she sticks around the small town, so she arranges with an Irish-American priest, and resident of Brooklyn, to send her sister to the States. Eilis is used to taking Rose's ...
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