“Deceptively simple in its execution, this quiet humble novel transports readers to a bygone era just after the Second World War. From the sheltered village life of 1950s Ireland to the exciting and vibrancy of a changing New York City, Eilis is torn by loyalty, duty and a sense of belonging. A sweet and subtle story.” Ciara
Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn is a devastating story of love, loss and one woman’s terrible choice between duty and personal freedom. 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.