Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America — to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood “just like Ireland” — she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.
Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love with Tony, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.
This is the first book that I have read by Tόibin and is one that I really enjoyed.
Tόibin has developed all his characters so clearly and the plot of the novel just flows through them. I loved seeing how she viewed the world in Ireland and how her view of the world change when she arrived in Brooklyn.
The plot flowed so well during this novel that it was actually a pleasure to read it and I am glad I have had such a good introduction into the writing style of Tόibin.
I loved how Tόibin presented the immigrant/emigrant experience, it was presented which such raw emotion that it felt like I was standing there watching the events unfold in front of my eyes.
Overall an excellent novel, which was a pleasure to read and one that I highly recommend.