Sunday, August 9, 2009

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin (40)

Loved it! Eilis is a young Irish girl who decides to try her luck in post WWII America. She makes the difficult passage across the ocean to Brooklyn, gets a job, meets people and begins to make her way. In the meantime family ties are pulling her back to the old country. This book expresses the two forces that often pull at immigrants everywhere: adventure and desire for a better life and the emotional pull and comfort of the familiar. This is a great book, leaving me wondering until the last page what direction she would choose.

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