When I first finished Brooklyn, the story of a young Irish woman who travels to New York in the 1950s my reaction was “meh”. Nice story. But a couple days later I realized that I was still thinking about Brooklyn, mulling over the characters and their choices. Wondering if the sister had acted out of kindness or cruelty? Wondering about the true wishes of the mother? Wondering what the men really wanted from Ellis. Wondering…
On its face Brooklyn is a simple story. Irish girl comes to Brooklyn to conquer the big city, create a new life, perhaps fall in love while still being tugged back into her old life. Which life will she choose?
But the characters get under your skin. You begin to wonder what their true motives are. They seem that real! It may seem like a straight forward story but Brooklyn will stay with you for a long time.
More About this Book:
Brooklyn: A Novel (Scribner, 2010) was written by Colm Toibin. Visit his website, Colm definitely looks like a tortured soul. Of course, maybe a tortured soul is what it takes to write ten books…mainly novels but also nonfiction, short story collection, essays and memoir. You can read an excerpt of Brooklyn here.
Also, you’ll hardly believe the coincidence but the week I finished Brooklyn I learned that the movie Brooklyn is playing in theatres. Check it out here . I haven’t seen the movie but did enjoy the trailer and the female lead Saoirse Ronan looks spot on.
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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, 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, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.