The Resource Brooklyn : a novel, Colm Tóibín

Brooklyn : a novel, Colm Tóibín

Label
Brooklyn : a novel
Title
Brooklyn
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Colm Tóibín
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Ireland in the early 1950s, Eilis Lacey is one of many who cannot find work at home. Thus when a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Leaving behind her family and country, Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn, and to a crowded boarding house where the landlady's intense scrutiny and the small jealousies of her fellow residents only deepen her isolation. Slowly, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life -- and finally, she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness. As she falls in love, news comes from home that forces her back to Enniscorthy -- not to the constrictions of her old life, but to new possibilities which conflict deeply with the life she has left behind in Brooklyn
Summary
Young Eilis Lacey dreams of life beyond the confines of her tiny Irish village, but unlike her beautiful sister, Rose, Eilis gifts are of a more practical nature: she has a head for numbers, and is a loving and dutiful daughter. Yet her ambition cannot be hidden and soon is noted by the Parish Priest, Father Flood. Via a church contact, he arranges for Eilis to travel to America where a job opportunity has arisen in New York with a reputable "merchant of Italian origin". Eilis finds lodgings in an eccentric boarding house and ekes out an existence in the cosmopolitan melting pot that is 1950s Brooklyn, impressing her employer, outwitting her landlady, and even falling in love. It seems her dream is truly becoming a reality. But then fate intervenes: a family crisis back home forces Eilis to make a choice between the past and the future, the old world and the new.
Theme
Pace
Writing style
Award
  • Costa Novel Award, 2009.
  • ALA Notable Book, 2010.
Awards note
Costa Book Award, 2009.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
304563
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1955-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tóibín, Colm
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6070.O455
LC item number
B76 2009
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Irish
  • Women immigrants
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Ireland
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Irish
  • Women immigrants
  • Ireland
  • New York (State)
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
Brooklyn : a novel, Colm Tóibín
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn262428686
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9780241972700
Lccn
2009001548
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)262428686
Label
Brooklyn : a novel, Colm Tóibín
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn262428686
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9780241972700
Lccn
2009001548
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)262428686

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