DescriptionFirst published in hardcover to vigorous praise, Colm Toibin's New York Times bestselling novel is about a young Irish immigrant in Brooklyn in the early 1950s. "One of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary literature" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), 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.
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About the Author
Colm Toibin's novel The Master won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Le prix du meilleur livre etranger, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His other books of fiction include The Story of theNight, The Blackwater Lightship, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the short-fiction collection Mothers and Sons. He was one of the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize judges in Toronto. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
-- Pam Houston, O, the Oprah Magazine
"[A] triumph... One of those magically quiet novels that sneak up on readers and capture their imaginations."
-- USA Today
"Tóibín ... [is] his generation's most gifted writer of love's complicated, contradictory power."
-- Floyd Skoot, Los Angeles Times
"Reading Tóibín is like watching an artist paint one small stroke after another until suddenly the finished picture emerges to shattering effect.... Brooklyn stands comparison with Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady."
-- The Times Literary Supplement (U.K.)