Saturday, March 19, 2016

Brooklyn

Brooklyn
Colm Toibin
Scribner, 2010
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
“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.


I bought Brooklyn a long time ago, and finally decided to read it when it became a best picture nominee for the Academy Awards. I enjoyed reading it, but it was a slow-moving story. It can be summarized completely in two paragraphs - no problem. Perhaps the reason that I stuck with it was because of the interesting, well-written characters and setting. Unfortunately, I am ashamed to say that I liked the movie better, mostly because of the actors who played Eilis and Tony. They were perfect!

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