make the most of Lovereading books of the month
Search our site
Letters to Iris by Elizabeth Noble Read the opening extract of the brand new Elizabeth Noble book before its publication on 05/04/2018

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
  

Brooklyn

Family Drama   All Shortlists and Winners   Literary Fiction   Books Behind TV & Film   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Literary Contemporary Facebook group Share this book

Lovereading view...

A great family drama about a young girl moving from Ireland to New Yok in search of work in the 1950's. Just as she feels life is going somewhere in Brooklyn she has to return to Ireland and the pleas of her family to stay. This is a beautifully told, atmospheric, coming-of-age drama.

Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2009.

The film adaptation of Brooklyn is due to be released in UK cinemas on Friday 6 November 2015. Click below to view the trailer.

If you like Colm Toibin you might also like to read books by Sebastian Barry, Philip Pullman and Michael Benoit.

Synopsis

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go.

Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. And just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma - a devastating choice between duty and one great love.

Reviews

'The most compelling and moving portrait of a young woman I have read in a long time' -- Zoe Heller Guardian, Books of the Year

'A work of such skill, understatement and sly jewelled merriment could haunt your life' -- Ali Smith TLS, Books of the Year

About the Author

Colm Toibin

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of eight novels including Blackwater Lightship, The Master and The Testament of Mary, all three of which were nominated for the Booker Prize, with The Master also winning the IMPAC Award, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. His most recent novel is Nora Webster. He lives in Dublin.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

1st October 2015

Author

Colm Toibin

More books by Colm Toibin
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.colmtoibin.com/

Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Family Drama
All Shortlists and Winners
Literary Fiction
Books Behind TV & Film
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780241972700

I love the newsletter with reviews of all the new books coming out. Can't wait to open it when it arrives in my inbox.

Rachel Aygin

For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.

Sally Ellsmore

Lovereading is a world of books. It has everything you need from new to old and much loved classic books. It even give you recommendations!

Kate Thurston

With literary excellence, humour and drama, Lovereading's got value and is a real stress-calmer!

Siobhan McDowell

Because of Lovereading I have broadened my reading horizons with some really great books that I probably would never have chosen myself.

Susan Walsh

Its jam packed with fantastic titles, informative descriptions & fantastic reviews and has a vast array of great features & competitions.

Linda Rollins

Books of the month/debuts of the month, kids/adults, fiction/non-fiction, free prize draws and free extracts, what's not to love?

Emma Smith

I 'Lovereading' because it lets me see what new books are around with a detailed synopsis and readers' reviews.

Judith Sharp

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools