Sunday, July 22, 2012
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
There are few job prospects for a young woman in a village in Ireland in that era, so Ellis reluctantly emigrates to New York City, where she gets a job in a department store. Ellis battles homesickness, her nosy landlady, and the petty intrigues of her fellow boardinghouse residents. She also falls in love, in her slow and steady way. When a tragedy at home forces her to return to Enniscorthy, Ellis is very different from the naive woman she once was and her options for the future are much wider.
I loved getting to know Ellis and watching her transform. Listening to Kristen Potter's narration of the Blackstone audiobook [7.5 hours], I felt immersed in an earlier time. Thanks to Potter, I now know that the name 'Ellis' is pronounced 'Aileash.'