Brooklyn

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In a small town in the south-east of Ireland in the 1950s, Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. So when a job is offered in America, it is clear that she must go. Leaving her family and home, Eilis sets off to forge a new life for herself in Brooklyn. Young, homesick and alone, she gradually buries the pain of parting beneath the rhythms of a new life - days at the till in a large department store, night classes in Brooklyn College and Friday evenings on the dance floor of the parish hall - until she realizes that she has found a sort of happiness. But when tragic news summons her back to Ireland, and the constrictions of her old life unexpectedly give way to new possibilities, she finds herself facing a terrible choice: between love and happiness in the land where she belongs and the promises she must keep on the far side of the ocean. Brooklyn is a tender story of great love and loss, and of the heartbreaking choice between personal freedom and duty. This is the latest novel by gay author Toibin, widely considered one of the best writers in the English language.

Note: this novel has  NO gay content  (Costa Award 2009 : Novel of the Year Winner)

Paperback, 272 Pages, Published 2010

Author: Colm Toibin

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