Brooklyn

by Colm Toibin

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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.

Brooklyn Synopsis

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.

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Brooklyn Press 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

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ISBN: 9780241972700
Publication date: 01/10/2015
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Format: Paperback

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Book Information

ISBN: 9780241972700
Publication date: 1st October 2015
Author: Colm Toibin
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Books Behind TV & Film,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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.

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