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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; First Paperback Edition edition (29 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067091813X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670918133
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 708 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,815,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A compelling characterization of a woman caught between two worlds... A fine and touching novel, persuasive proof of Toibin's ever-increasing skills and range." -- "Booklist" (starred review)

"A quiet masterpiece." -- "The Express" (U.K.)

"A classical coming-of-age story, pure, unsensationalized, quietly profound." -- Pam Houston, O, the Oprah Magazine

"A beautifully rendered portrait of Brooklyn and provincial Ireland in the 1950s... Toibin writes about women more convincingly, I think, than any other living, male novelist." -- Zoe Heller, author of The Believers

"[A] masterly tale... There is not a sentence or a thought out of place." -- Irish Times

"Colm Toibin leads a generation of Irish novelists... His generation's most gifted writer of love's complicated, contradictory power." -- Los Angeles Times

"Toibin's prose is as elegant in its simplicity as it is complex in the emotions it evokes." -- The New York Times Magazine

"A quiet masterpiece." -- The Express (U.K.)

"Reading Toibin is like watching an artist paint one small stroke after another until suddenly the finished picture emerges to shattering effect." -- The Times Literary Supplement (U.K.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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