Colm Toibin Book Club Picks
PBR Review: 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 ch More


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Talking Points: The main character, Ellis is flawed and very conflicted but also a character that's easy to relate to and identify with; book clubs should enjoy discussing her choices and actions. The differences between life in Brooklyn and Ireland in the 50's and the opportunities available to young women are both fascinating aspects of this book which should generate conversation. Book clubs should also enjoy discussing the emotional impact of starting a completely new life;the changes that take place and the type of person capable of doing this and perhaps contrasting these traits with those of Ellis. This book will have appeal to book clubs that enjoy a more literary read and character driven novels.
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