by Colm Toibin
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Colm Toibin of Brooklyn who is a terrible story of love, loss and a woman with a terrible choice between duty and personal freedom.It was Ireland in the early 1950s and Eilis Lacey, as for many young Irish girls, the opportunities are few and far between.So, when her sister settles for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she has to go, leaving behind her family and home for the first time.Arriving in a crowded world of shelters in Brooklyn, Eilis cannot be reminded of what she sacrificed.She’s far from home and homesick.And as she takes provisional steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news that sends her back to Ireland.There, she will be confronted with a terrible dilemma – a terrible choice between duty and great love.With this elating and humane novel, Colm Toibin has produced a masterpiece “Sunday Times” The most convincing and moving portrait of a young woman I have read in a long time “by Zoe Heller Tutor, The Books of the Year” a work of such skill, euphemism and sly jewellery fantasy could haunt your life’ Ali Smith TLS, The Books of the Year’s “The Books of the Year”.
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