Jul 29, 09
Read in July, 2009
Tóibín draws you right into the tale of a young woman who experiences the fading memories of the land she left and gradual takes roots in her new home in Brooklyn the fifties. The characters are vivid and grow on you like neighbors you grew up with and some you just want to hang out with and some you would want to dump but they say with you. What strikes me most about the novel is that Tóibín describes to a T how when we relocate we hang on to the familiar we have left behind but gradually see the new surroundings as the more homelike...till you return to your original place and the reverse happens.