Brooklyn by Colm Toibin begins in Ireland in the 1950's. The main character is Eilis Lacey. Ireland is upon hard times after World War Two and she is having a hard time finding a job. Her sister and a priest from Brooklyn arrange for Eilis to work in the United States. The Irish priest sponsors her and aids for her to find a job, a place to live, and eventually school.
Eilis works in a department store and tries to keep to herself at the boarding home away from the other ladies. Eilis is lonely and misses her family so much. Eventually, Eilis falls in love with Tony who is an Italian pretending to be Irish. Tony introduces her to a new world here in America.
I found the book an easy read and had a very hard time getting into it at first. The book did not actually grab my interest until I was about halfway through it. I just felt it moved very slow in the beginning. Nothing really bad happens at all to Eilis other than a tragic loss in her family. She does go back to Ireland shortly after the tragic death and she has to make a decision to coming back to America to her husband or staying in Ireland. I have to be honest, I heard so many good things about this book and read it will be made into a movie, so I wanted to read the book way in advance. I was rather disappointed and felt there was way more hype about the book and hope the movie holds my interest more than the book did.