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Brooklyn
Reviewed by- linda (2009/07/30, 07:35 PM)
This is what I call a quiet book. The writing is open and clear but subtle, it does not overpower, allowing you to take in and get caught up in every detail. The prosaic style creates powerful emotions as you follow the lead character Eilis on her journey to maturity. She starts out as what can almost be described as an outsider to her own life; she is pulled and molded by the wants and desires of family, no voice or identity of her own, living in her sister’s shadow and defined though the eyes of others. Slowly you watch her morph, into a woman with inner strength and conviction. In the process it is easy to sympathize with her as she experiences loss, adapts to a new cultural, and struggles to make decisions. Although this is the classic immigrant story of hope and resilience, it also leads to a better understanding and appreciation of what women of the 50’s endured as they paved the way for “modern” women of today.Back.

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