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Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, book reviewEilis is a young woman living in a small town in Ireland. She lives with her widowed mother and her older sister, Rose, a poised and polished woman who, it seems, has overcome her humble origins and now moves in Enniscorthy’s more up market circles. Although she’s part trained as a book keeper, Eilis can’t find a job; in 1950s Ireland, Eilis is not the only person struggling to find employment. Out of the blue Eilis is approached by a priest who knows of a job in New York; it’s only sales work in a department store but there’s a chance that Eilis could be considered for a job in the accounts office later on if she does well.

Although she’s reluctant to leave her family, Eilis takes up the opportunity and starts a new life in the United States.

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