Brooklyn (Compact Disc)
May 2009 Indie Next List
“Eilis Lacey has come of age in the dark, impoverished Ireland of the 1950s. Trained as a bookkeeper but unable to find suitable work, she makes a new home in Brooklyn. Struggling to understand her new world and haunted by the old, she lives the classic immigrant story of loss and regret, hope and resilience. Brooklyn is a quiet tour de force.”
— Nan Hadden, Books Etc., Falmouth, ME
March 2010 Indie Next List
“One of the loveliest novels of 2009 now available in paperback: an Irish coming-of-age story that is both heartrending and full of hope. Toibin is a master.”
— Matthew Lage, Iowa Book L.L.C., Iowa City, IA
May 2010 Indie Next List
“Eilis Lacey has no apparent future in rural Ireland, and with the help of a priest makes her way to a Catholic enclave in Brooklyn. Uncanny in its evocation of a young woman coming of age, and of a city coming of age, Brooklyn is at once interior and ironic, distanced and involving. Toibin, who is masterful here in his depiction of Brooklyn and Ireland circa 1950, and of such issues as self determination, love of country, love of family, and, of course, sexual love. Perfect for book groups!”
— Betsy Burton, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
In the quiet character of Eilis Lacey, Colm Tibn has created one of fictions most memorable heroines and in Brooklyn, a luminous novel of devastating power. Tibn demonstrates once again his astonishing range and that he is a true master of nuanced prose, emotional depth, and narrative virtuosity.
About the Author
Colm Toibin is the author of eight novels, three of which have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize: "The Blackwater Lightship", "The Master "(the "Los Angeles Times" Novel of the Year), and "The Testament of Mary". His other novels include "Nora Webster" and "Brooklyn". He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University, a regular contributor to the "New York Review of Books", and a contributing editor at the "London Review of Books".
Kirsten Potter has won "AudioFile" Earphones Awards for her reading of "The Snowball" by Alice Schroeder and her performance as Barbara in George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara". Her reading of "Madapple" by Christina Meldrum was a "Booklist" Editors' Choice for Best Audiobook 2008.