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Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
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Aug 30, 2009

bookshelves: 2009-audio-books, 2009-fiction

Brooklyn: a novel by Colm Tóibín, B. narrated by Kirsten Potter, produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

A book set in southeast Ireland in a village in the 1950’s. The Lacey family, Rose with a job in Ireland, three brothers in England with industrial jobs, and Eilis, who can’t find a job. A priest intervenes for her, and Eilis has the opportunity to go to Brooklyn. Good descriptions of poverty-stricken Ireland without available jobs. Also good descriptions of the limited job life and social conventions for young ladies in Brooklyn at the time. Eilis finishes an accounting course and is headed toward a good job in a department store. She is a favorite of the landlady and has the best roomin the house. She meets an falls in love with an Italian boy. Then she receives tragic news from home and must go back to settle things and help her mother. Before she leaves, she marries the boy she has come to love in Brooklyn. But when she returns to Ireland, she finds that she could now have a good job, she has the strong likelihood of a marriage to one of the wealthier town inhabitants, and she doesn’t know how to tell anyone that she’s married, or her husband in America that she might want to stay in Ireland. A good book for descriptions of living conditions but with an unsatisfying end. I hope there are more books in the series. The reader wants to know what happens to Eilis Lacey.

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