The Sunday Times Novel of the Year 2009
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, WINNER OF THE BAFTA FOR BEST BRITISH FILM
"The most compelling and moving portrait of a young woman I have read in a long time" Guardian, Books of the Year
Young Eilis Lacey dreams of life beyond the confines of her tiny Irish village, but unlike her beautiful sister, Rose, Eilis' gifts are of a more practical nature: she has a head for numbers, and is a loving and dutiful daughter. Yet her ambition cannot be hidden and soon is noted by the Parish Priest, Father Flood. Via a church contact, he arranges for Eilis to travel to America where a job opportunity has arisen in New York with a reputable "merchant of Italian origin".
Eilis finds lodgings in an eccentric boarding house and ekes out an existence in the cosmopolitan melting pot that is 1950s Brooklyn, impressing her employer, outwitting her landlady, and even falling in love. It seems her dream is truly becoming a reality. But then fate intervenes: a family crisis back home forces Eilis to make a choice between the past and the future, the old world and the new.
Told with a masterful and elegant simplicity, Brooklyn is a sublime Trans-Atlantic coming-of-age story by one of the UK's greatest living writers.
MORE PRAISE FOR BROOKLYN
"A work of such skill, understatement and sly jewelled merriment, it could haunt your life" Ali Smith, Times Literary Supplement, Books of the Year
"Suffused with humane depth, funny, affecting, deftly plotted . . . a novel of magnificent accomplishment" Peter Kemp, Sunday Times, Novel of the Year
"Brooklyn moved me more than any other book this year" Nicholas Hytner, Observer, Books of the Year
"No book this year gave me greater pleasure" Nell Freudenberger, Financial Times
"Not a sentence or a thought out of place. It takes over as his finest fiction to date" Irish Times
"Remarkable freshness and immediacy ... with a lovely comedic lightness" Daily Mail
"A lovely, thoughtful book ... alive with authentic detail, moved along by the ripples of affection and doubt that shape any life: a novel that offers the reader serious pleasure" Daily Telegraph
"Tremendously moving and powerful" New Statesman
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We were captivated by Irish author Colm Tóibín’s gentle, bittersweet novel about the immigrant experience. Eilis’ family presses her to leave Ireland and take a chance on a new life in Brooklyn. Tóibín portrays life in ‘50s New York in vivid detail—from boarding houses, parish dances and department stores to Coney Island and baseball. Eilis’ emotional journey is deeply moving. She cycles through homesickness, cautious joy about her blossoming relationship with ambitious Italian boy Tony, and the pain of choosing between her new and old lives.
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A simple and sweet story
A simple, endearing a sweet story that, unexpectantly, was a page-turner. I was surprised that such a simple story could engulf me so entirely.