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Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
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Jun 14, 2010

really liked it

I believe my Irish heritage supported my favorable impression of this book. The author's protrayal of the Irish family,the power of the all knowing parish priest and mother-daughter relationships was written with grace. Toibin writes Ellis Lacey's struggle to find herself in America in such a beautiful manner that I felt that I really
knew her.
The backbiting, the ever present suffocating pressure to stay within your place is quite real within the Irish and rings true in this book. I found the twist at the end of the book quite realistic in that everyone is always related to someone in your past and everyone knows your stories.

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