• by Colm Tóibín
  • Narrated by Niamh Cusack
  • 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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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- Kate

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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- L. Serck

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-10-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd