Brooklyn (Hardcover)

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May 2009 Indie Next List


“Eilis Lacey has come of age in the dark, impoverished Ireland of the 1950s. Trained as a bookkeeper but unable to find suitable work, she makes a new home in Brooklyn. Struggling to understand her new world and haunted by the old, she lives the classic immigrant story of loss and regret, hope and resilience. Brooklyn is a quiet tour de force.”
— Nan Hadden, Books Etc., Falmouth, ME

March 2010 Indie Next List


“One of the loveliest novels of 2009 now available in paperback: an Irish coming-of-age story that is both heartrending and full of hope. Toibin is a master.”
— Matthew Lage, Iowa Book L.L.C., Iowa City, IA

Summer '10 Reading Group List


“Eilis Lacey has no apparent future in rural Ireland, and with the help of a priest makes her way to a Catholic enclave in Brooklyn. Uncanny in its evocation of a young woman coming of age, and of a city coming of age, Brooklyn is at once interior and ironic, distanced and involving. Toibin, who is masterful here in his depiction of Brooklyn and Ireland circa 1950, and of such issues as self determination, love of country, love of family, and, of course, sexual love. Perfect for book groups!”
— Betsy Burton, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT

About the Author


Colm Toibin's most recent novel, The Master, won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Le prix du meilleur livre etranger, and the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His other books of fiction include The Story of the Night, 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. Toibin was one of the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize judges in Toronto. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780771085369
ISBN-10: 0771085362
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication Date: May 5th, 2009
Pages: 262
Language: English