FAW Chicago, IL Est. 1922
FAW Chicago


Meeting Feb 8, 2017

Readers & Reviewers, our new book discussion group, will meet at 10:30am (just before the luncheon) for a discussion of the 2009 novel Brooklyn by the well-known Irish author Colm Tóibín. Roberta Gates will serve as the facilitator.

Brooklyn, which is a coming-of-age story, features a compelling protagonist named Ellis Lacey, who leaves her native Ireland in the early 1950s to make her way to Brooklyn, New York. The transition is a difficult one, but after meeting Tony and falling in love with him, she begins to feel at home in her new country. Unfortunately for Ellis, however, a catastrophe back in Ireland turns her life upside down, forcing her, in turn, to rethink who she is and what she wants out of life.

Brooklyn is a magically quiet novel that is both eloquent and accessible, and Colm Tóibín, its author, is considered one of Ireland's most gifted contemporary writers.

If you've read Brooklyn, or seen the recent movie of the same name, you know how heart-wrenching Elise's choices are. No matter what she decides, she's going to disappoint someone.

So do come and add your opinions to the mix. What would you have done if you were Eilis? Did she make the right choice? Did she let herself get pushed around too much?

Readers & Reviewers was launched in November 2016 when Shirley Baugher facilitated a discussion of A Great Reckoning, the latest Louise Penney mystery. A dozen members attended and the discussion was lively and fun.