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Publisher's Summary

It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time.
Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and homesick. And just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma - a devastating choice between duty and one great love.
©2014 Colm Tóibín (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited
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By Katerina Georgieva on 04-13-17

Beautiful

Sincere and gentle story about leaving home to live abroad. It will be most appreciated by people who had a similar experience. Still it won't leave a single reader indifferent.
The performance is brilliant.
Thank you for an amazing experience.

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By GEIB CATALINA on 09-12-16

An enticing love story with a disappointing end

I loved this audio book from beginning to..well the penultimate chapter. This is more in relation to the story itself and not at all about the performance of the speaker whom I have found superb!! I would recommend it simply for that already!
Sadly the storyline seems to drift - it's an unsatisfactory ending leaving us "hanging" - Alish was portrayed as the good girl and turned out to be not so nice and less principled after all - which is not only disappointing but also rather puzzling as I had thought that her character development had already reached its peak - but maybe I just believe that every good book should have an even better ending. And that was not the case here.

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By Kate on 06-11-15

Irishwoman abroad

Beautifully narrated. I found it hard to stop listening to it. Transported to an earlier time when life was lived at a slower pace, even in New York. But the problems of relationships remain the same whatever the era. I came to this novel via Norah Webster, his latest, and was interested to find mention of her in this. Would love a further instalment of this very Irish community.

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By L. Serck on 11-15-15

Beautiful book that has come to life

Loved this book, a great story, a romance with grit. The book is brought to life by the mellifluous Irish lilt of the narrator.

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