Books, Briefly: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Kay reviews books in 100 words or less.


The brevity of goodbyes surprised me the most. Every time Eilis had to say goodbye, I expected grand paragraphs that revealed the storm inside her and the pain of separation—but that didn’t happen, or it rarely did. Goodbyes were cut short. They were scenes that happened between lines and pages. The focus of the narrative was on her first day, her first time, her new beginning. I think it’s because this isn’t a book about letting go; Brooklyn is about Eilis finding herself.

Now that this is done, I can finally watch Saoirse and Domhnall in Brooklyn, the film!