Genre: historical, migration, psychological, romance
Key Stage: 4 and 5 (14+)
Brooklyn, Colim Tóibín (2009)
Plot: Set in the 1950s, the story follows the main character, Eilis, as she travels from Ireland to Brooklyn to start a new life.
Positives: Tóibín captures beautifully the inner-workings of the main character’s mind as she navigates her way in through life and literally from one country to another. Her home in Ireland is one where much goes unsaid and there is a palpable tension between what is known and what is spoken. I also really enjoyed the exploration of the Eilis’s dilemmas and what she saw as the ‘right’ decision.
Negatives: If you enjoy a book with lots of action, this is not for you!
If you like this, you might like: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Small Island by Andrea Levy, Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert and Stoner by John Williams
Reviewer: Ms Porter