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Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
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Brooklyn

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Narrator Niamh Cusack
Length 8 hours 36 minutes
Language English
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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, read by Niamh Cusack.

It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time.

Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and homesick. And just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma - a devastating choice between duty and one great love.

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of nine novels including The Master, Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary and Nora Webster and, most recently, House of Names. His work has been shortlisted for the Booker three times, won the Costa Novel Award and the Impac Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. He lives in Dublin.

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Reviews

With this elating and humane novel, Colm Tóibín has produced a masterwork The most compelling and moving portrait of a young woman I have read in a long time A work of such skill, understatement and sly jewelled merriment could haunt your life Suffused with humane depth, funny, affecting, deftly plotted ... a novel of magnificent accomplishment Brooklyn moved me more than any other book this year A beautifully crafted work that transformed ordinary lives into something extraordinary No book this year gave me greater pleasure Not a sentence or a thought out of place. It takes over as his finest fiction to date Remarkable freshness and immediacy ... with a lovely comedic lightness A lovely, thoughtful book ... alive with authentic detail, moved along by the ripples of affection and doubt that shape any life: a novel that offers the reader serious pleasure Tremendously moving and powerful Expand reviews