Paperback, 288 pages
It’s getting to be Oscar time and one of the nominees for Best Picture (it won’t win!) is based upon Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn. This quiet, poignant novel chronicles the life of a young Irish immigrant, Eilis Lacey, in Brooklyn in the early 1950’s. Her leave taking from home and family in Enniscorthy was wrought with inevitability and anguish. The voyage to America was ghastly. Her seeming passivity made her a ghost to those who encountered her in the New World. Her love with an Italian-American young man is fraught. And then she is called home. In our humble opinion there is no better contemporary writer than Colm Toibin.