The Picador Countdown: Number 10…….


Colm Toibin

Picador’s Best Sellers: Number 10. ‘Brooklyn’ – Colm Toibin.

Colm Toibin’s ‘Brooklyn’ is a story of great love and loss. It won the 2009 Costa Novel Award.The story centres around Ellis Lacey who lives in a small Irish town and like so many Irish people in the 1950’s cannot find work. She leaves for America where she finds not only work but some kind of happiness. However tragic news summons her back to Ireland and she must choose between personal freedom and duty.Reviewers comments clearly indicate the moving quality of this remarkable novel; ‘Deeply felt, richly imagined and moving’ – The Age, ‘A narrative of remarkable power’ – The New Yorker, ‘Toibin’s most beautifully executed novel to date’ -Time Literary Supplement and ‘Brooklyn is a simple and utterly exquisite novel’ – The Spectator.

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