From Alicja Feitzinger
author: Colm Toibin
Brooklyn : a novel
Eilis Lacey grew up in a small Irish town. Her father passed away a few years ago, her brothers immigrated to England and she lives with her mother, deep in the shadow of her charismatic sister Rose. She is attending bookkeeping classes at a local vocational school. She is more preoccupied with her studies than with her appearance. At one of the dances she meets Jim Farrell, who is rude to her. She also learns a bitter lesson of human prejudice while working in a local shop for cool and calculating Miss Kelly.
At this point, an offer to move to Brooklyn is presented to her and she agrees to embark on a journey to a foreign land. She works and studies in Brooklyn while living in a boarding house. Most unexpectedly, she falls in love with Tony, but devastating news from Ireland brings her back home for a long visit, where she is faced with most difficult choices.
This is a very quiet, but touching novel, full of interesting and believable characters. It targets dilemmas of human heart, common to all immigrants and people who moved away from their hometown.