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Brooklyn - Colm Tóibín

Brooklyn - Colm Tóibín

Title: Brooklyn

Author:  Colm Tóibín

ISBN:  9780670918126

Weight:  717g

Dated signed first edition, first printing



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Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the years following World War Two.  Though skilled at bookkeeping, she cannot find a job in the miserable Irish economy.  When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America – to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood “just like Ireland” – 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, a blond Italian from a big family, slowly wins her over with patient charm.  He takes Eilis to Coney Island and Ebbets Field, and home to dinner in the two-room apartment he shares with his brothers and parents.  He talks of having children who are Dodgers fans.  But just as Eilis begins to fall in love with Tony, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.

Brooklyn is a tender story of great love and loss, and of the heartbreaking choice between personal freedom and duty.  In the character of Eilis Lacey, Colm Tóibín has created a remarkable heroine and in Brooklyn a novel of devastating emotional power.

Peer & Press Reviews

Suffused with humane depth, funny, affecting, deftly plotted… a novel of magnificent accomplishment.

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

A lovely, thoughtful book… alive with authentic detail, moved along by the ripples of affection and doubt that shape any life: a novel that offers the reader serious pleasure.

Daily Telegraph

Not a sentence or a thought out of place.  It takes over as his finest fiction to date.

Irish Times

Bibliographic Info

Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Overall condition:Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed:On the title page
Dated:5 May 2009
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes:

Costa Novel Award 2009 – winner

Man Booker Prize 2009 – longlist

International Dublin Literary Award 2011 – shortlist

Media adaptation:

BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime serialised the story as ten 15-minute episodes, originally broadcast Mon-Fri at 10:45pm from Mon 11 May 2009.

John Crowley directed the film adaptation of Brooklyn from a script by Nick Hornby.  Released in 2015, it starred Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen.  In 2016, it scored three Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role and Writing (Adapted Screenplay).

Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey’s Wildgaze Films produced the film and they’re currently working with the BBC to produce a Brooklyn TV series.

Book Stats
Publisher:Penguin Books
Publication date:
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9780670918126
ISBN 10:0670918121
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d):242 x 161 x 28mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph:Steve Pyke
Jacket photograph:Getty Images

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