Colm Tóibín: Brooklyn (4 stars)

Colm Tóibín: Brooklyn

Times are tough in Enniscorthy, a small job-scarce town in the south-east of Ireland where idle gossip and parish dances are the only entertainment on offer for the young and restless. Instantly likeable leading lady Eilis Lacey’s life is turned upside down, however, when a visiting priest offers her work in Brooklyn and she makes the long trip overseas to start afresh.

This sixth novel from award-winning scribe is a warmly written tale of longing, loss and true love alongside the strains of juggling personal freedom and family duty in the 1950s. In the past, Tóibín has been heavily praised for his emotional depth and beautiful way with words and Brooklyn is no different. Here, he takes the reader on an all-consuming, poignant journey, as Lacey attempts to find her way in an unyielding and often unforgiving time.


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