Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

This book is such an easy read, all 252 pages of it.

It centers around Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant in the 1950’s, as she leaves behind the comfort of Enniscorthy, Ireland to Brooklyn (thus the name), USA.

There her life (over a two year period) becomes a new home. With the shop she works in to the dances to her Italian boyfriend, Tony and her night classes. It all becomes a routine as she sends letters home to her family to hear the latest news.

Until an untimely death in the family leads her back to Ireland and realizes the home she has in Brooklyn.

I loved this book, I really did. Some parts I could just see it- the dances in the parish hall to the little apartment her boyfriend Tony shares with his family. I loved the characters that the author so loving created. The house she shares with four or five others I could just imagine.

Definitely, if you love period books, this is one to read. I can’t wait to watch the movie which just came out with the always amazing Saoirse Ronan starring as Eilis and from director John Crowley.

Until next time,

Sam.

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