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Brooklyn

A Novel

by Colm Toibin

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
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  • First Published:
    May 2009, 272 pages
    Paperback:
    Mar 2010, 272 pages

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Sarah Sacha Dollacker

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With deft prose and subtle characterization, Colm Toibin contemplates whether anyone can ever really return home

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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