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Guest blogger: Carine McGinnity, Contracts Executive
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Brooklyn, Colm Toibin, Two Roads book club

Sitting down to a lovely picnic in the park and sipping Pimms, the Two Roads Book Club discussed Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.

We were all interested to read Brooklyn due to the fact that it has received an abundance of praise: it won the Costa award in 2009 and most reviews rave about the book and pin Toibin as one of the best Irish writers today.

Brooklyn is set across Ireland

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and New York in the 1950s. It tells the story of Eilis, a young woman living in the small Irish town of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford (where Toibin was born), who finds herself on a path to New York in search of work. The book, brimming with explicit detail, follows her life in Ireland, her journey on the ship to New York, her work in a department store there, her life in a boarding house, and eventually, a ‘dilemma’.

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