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Brooklyn: Plot Summary
Brooklyn: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Brooklyn: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Colm Tóibín
Historical Context of Brooklyn
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- Full Title: Brooklyn
- When Published: 2009
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Realism
- Setting: Brooklyn and Enniscorthy, Ireland
- Climax: Father Flood summons Eilis and tells her that her sister has died unexpectedly.
- Antagonist: Homesickness and the inability to express emotion
Extra Credit for Brooklyn
The Big Screen. The writer Nick Hornby adapted Brooklyn as a film in 2015. It starred Saoirse Ronan and was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Lending Inspiration. The author Don DeLillo once stated in an interview with The Paris Review that he often finds inspiration in a photograph of Jorge Luis Borges that Colm Tóibín sent him. The picture hangs in his office, peering at him with intensity.