Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 04/03/2010
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A quietly compelling tale of a young Irish girl settling in New York City in the 1950s, Brooklyn won't suit all tastes: it's a muted study of loneliness, l... READ MORE
Home is where the heart is?
This is a beautifully written and moving novel about a young Irishwoman, Eilis, who emigrates to New York to make a new and better life for herself. I lov... READ MORE
Claudia  Sunderhauf


Colm Toibin's Brooklyn is a devastating story of love, loss and one woman's terrible choice between duty and personal freedom. The book that inspired the major motion picture starring Saoirse Ronan.

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, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time.

Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and homesick. 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.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141041742
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 195g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 18 mm

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The description of the characters is wonderful. It really was a fab book, I loved reading every word of it. A girl's survival in a new country and how she ... READ MORE
Excellent book
This is a really heartwarming book about a young girl who leaves home for the first time. It's really easy to read and you get a strong affinity for the ma... READ MORE
Hiral Patel
Lovely book!
I loved this book. The style is so simple and yet it's written in a way that you can read between each line. It tells the story of the innocence of youth a... READ MORE
Loved it
I loved this book - I like the way that the main character is described and brought to life. I love the way that the period is described. I loved the story... READ MORE
Hiral Patel
An interesting subject and informative however the style lacks expression and reads like a step by step account. While there are sections which work well t... READ MORE
REVIEW ORIGINALLY POSTED ON ABOOKORTEN.CO.UK I've been intending to read a book by Colm Tóibín for a long time. As an undergrad I know I read The Blackwat... READ MORE
Marianne Dugdale
Lovely novel
A lovely gentle read with real depth, this is a story about love, life, family, relationships, indecision and uncertainty in the face of life changing deci... READ MORE
Lindsay Healy
Wasn’t sure this was my thing….
….but I was very wrong. I just loved it and wanted to know more - and thankfully there is a follow up soon to be published. Fabulous writing by a talen... READ MORE
Sherrylyn  Peck