Brooklyn

by Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín’s sixth novel, Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself.Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World WarTwo.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 262 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.62 out of 5
  • Published May 5th 2009 by Scribner
  • Original Title: Brooklyn
  • ISBN: 1439138311 (ISBN13: 9781439138311)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Eilis Lacey
  • Father Flood
  • Mrs Kehoe
  • Rose Lacey
  • Antonio "Tony" Giuseppe Fiorello...more
  • Jim Farrell...less
  • Literary Awards: Man Booker Prize Nominee for Longlist (2009)
  • The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Nominee (2011)
  • Costa Book Award for Novel (2009)
  • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2009)

Colm Tóibín’s sixth novel, Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself.Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America — to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood “just like Ireland” — she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love with Tony, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.