Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – Brooklyn (August 5)

For this week’s Friday meme combo I have chosen Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn. I have seen the movie a couple of times and enjoyed it, but I really wanted to read the book as well. I bought it a couple of months ago, so it’s time to get it read. GoodReads has the following description:

brooklyn.jpgEilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.

Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.

Now for this week’s excerpts:

bb-buttonBook Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of Brooklyn:

Eilis Lacey, sitting at the window of the upstairs living room in the house on Friary Street noticed her sister walking briskly from work. She watched Rose crossing the street from sunlight into shade, carrying the new leather handbag that she had bought in Clerys in Dublin in the sale.

There’s not much happening here yet, but I guess it’s just setting the scene for what will follow.

friday-562.jpgThe Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of Brooklyn:

On Sundays, Mrs. Kehoe had a rule that she did not appear and it was up to the girls to cook, making sure to leave no mess behind them. Mrs. Kehoe went to early mass on Sundays, she told Eilis, and then had friends around in the evening for an old-fashioned and serious poker game. She made the poker game, Eilis noted in a letter home, sound as though it was another form of Sunday duty that she performed only because it was in the rules.

I’d like to think that I can get into this book over the weekend, but time will tell. I am looking forward to reading it, though, because I want to see how the movie measured up to it.


Posted on August 5, 2016, in Book Beginnings, books, Friday 56, movies, reading, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I’ve heard great things about this book, but haven’t read it yet. I want to though. 🙂
    Happy weekend!


  2. This sounds like so much fun. I love books like this and will totally watch for it. My friend enjoys these type of books as well so I will have to mention it to her. Thanks for sharing.


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