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Close to perfection,
This review is from: Brooklyn: A Novel (Hardcover)
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If there were a class entitled "How to Bring Characters to Life," this would have to be the textbook. By book's end, the reader has been made privy to the transformation of its main character, Eilis Lacey, from the shy, innocent Irish immigrant to a young woman whose inner strength, we are sure, will lead her through the complexities of living a life torn between two worlds.
But the wonder of this man's writing is how, in so few words, we also come to know, so well, the other inhabitants of this book -- not just those who play the most important roles in Eilis's life, but those who exist in the periphery of her world -- the shop girls, boarders, priests, teachers -- from characters with whom she comes in close contact to those she merely brushes against. Case in point: Tony's little brother, Frankie, whose feistiness and frustrations in being the youngest of four Italian brothers will grab every reader's heart.
I can only hope this becomes Volume I of "the rest of the story."