Colm Tóibín's New York Times best-selling novel - now an acclaimed film starring Saoirse Ronan and Jim Broadbent, nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture - is "a moving, deeply satisfying read" (Entertainment Weekly) 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.
Author "Colm Tóibín...is his generation's most gifted writer of love's complicated, contradictory power" (Los Angeles Times). "Written with mesmerizing power and skill" (The Boston Globe), Brooklyn is a "triumph.... One of those magically quiet novels that sneak up on readers and capture their imaginations" (USA Today).
©2009 Colm Toibin (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
Potter's reading is very good. The main character's behavior is very much at odds with her personality as it's presented, and there are a few plot elements that are introduced, then dropped. But the story overall is engaging.
I was really surprised when the story ended where it did. I wasn't ready for it, so it was kind of a disappointment. I wanted to know what would happen next. I was a little bored with the romance with Tony, so I'm glad she discovered she wasn't in love with him, but I felt let down that she was going to have to go back to him. I really didn't want her to settle down with anyone so quickly. I wanted her to be on her own and to do something more with her life.
Are all Irish people short on words? So many times it was written "I thought of saying this but didn't see the point..." I could never live like that. I would have liked to see a little more character development with the main character.
The narrator was a bit old for the reading of a 20 year old woman. The story was alright overall. it had no climax.
I had a little trouble with the main character's growth from a youth to young woman, in that she had some strength of character but many weaknesses particularly in obsession, worry and avoiding ethical decision making. Yet it would be hard to be sent to a different country. Ending left one stranded.
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