by Colm Toibin
Winner of the Costa Novel Award for 2009, shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for 2011, the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award for 2010 and for the Bord Gais Irish Book Awards Book of the Decade.
It is Ireland in the 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, leaving behind her family and home for the first time.
Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and homesick. Then, 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.
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Date of Publication: 03/03/2010