By Colm Toibin
“One of the main unforgettable characters in modern literature” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town eire within the not easy years following global warfare . whilst an Irish priest from Brooklyn bargains to sponsor Eilis in the US, she makes a decision she needs to pass, leaving her fragile mom and her charismatic sister behind. Eilis unearths paintings in a division shop on Fulton road, and while she least expects it, reveals love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his huge Italian kinfolk, slowly wins her over with sufferer attraction. yet simply as Eilis starts to fall in love, devastating information from eire threatens the promise of her destiny.
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You’ll have to learn how to pack sugar and wrap a loaf of bread,” Miss Kelly said. ” As each customer came into the shop on the days when she was being trained, Eilis noticed that Miss Kelly had a different tone. Sometimes she said nothing at all, merely clenched her jaw and stood behind the counter in a pose that suggested deep disapproval of the customer’s presence in her shop and an impatience for that customer to go. For others she smiled drily and studied them with grim forbearance, taking the money as though offering an immense favour.
So that’s all I have to say now. You can start on Sunday, but come in tomorrow and learn off all the prices and we’ll show you how to use the scales and the slicer. ” Eilis was already saving this conversation for her mother and Rose; she wished she could think of something smart to say to Miss Kelly without being openly rude. Instead, she remained silent. ” Miss Kelly asked. Eilis realized that she could not turn down the offer. It would be better than nothing and, at the moment, she had nothing.
She wondered if Rose would say this to her directly. On her way home she stopped at the house of her best friend Nancy Byrne to find that their friend Annette O’Brien was also there. The Byrnes had only one room downstairs, which served as a kitchen, dining room and sitting room, and it was clear that Nancy had news of some sort to impart, some of which Annette seemed already to know. Nancy used Eilis’s arrival as an excuse to go out for a walk so they could talk in confidence. ” Eilis asked once they were on the street.
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin