Brooklyn After Eilis Lacey trades her humble beginnings in small-town Ireland for bustling 1950s Brooklyn , she grapples with the stark differences until she meets Tony,… Brooklyn After Eilis Lacey trades her humble beginnings in small-town Ireland for bustling 1950s Brooklyn , she grapples with the stark differences until she meets Tony,… 2009-05-05 Fiction Scribner
Book Review

Brooklyn (2009)

Brooklyn | Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 05, 2009; Writer: Colm Toibin; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Scribner

After Eilis Lacey trades her humble beginnings in small-town Ireland for bustling 1950s Brooklyn, she grapples with the stark differences until she meets Tony, an outgoing young Italian man from a big family who opens the city, and his heart, to her. After the two embark on a romance, some distressing news from back home forces her to choose between the promise of a future with Tony and a return to her roots. Colm Tóibín's tributes to old New York, both in landscape and disposition, beautifully reflect on a time past, but it's Eilis' universal struggles with matters of the heart that make this novel such a moving, deeply satisfying read. B+

Originally posted May 06, 2009 Published in issue #1047 May 15, 2009 Order article reprints