Colm Tóibín’s tender story of deep love and devastating loss, and of the heartbreaking choice between two sides of an ocean, personal freedom and duty.

In a small town in the south-east of Ireland in the 1950s, work is hard to find. Eilis Lacey escapes to forge a new life for herself in Brooklyn, America. Young, homesick and alone, she gradually buries the pain of parting to find a sort of happiness. But when tragic news summons her back to Ireland, she finds herself facing a terrible choice: between love and happiness in the land where she belongs and the promises she must keep on the far side of the ocean.

The Man Booker Prize 2009
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Viking, Penguin
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Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín

About the Author

Colm Tóibín is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet. He was born in County Wexford, Ireland.
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Other nominated books by Colm Tóibín

The Testament of Mary
The Master
The Blackwater Lightship