Cover Attraction is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. This is what she has to say, ‘I’m a very visual person and love beautiful, or interesting, cover art. It entices, and invites, me to stop and take a peek instead of walking right on by.’
Me too! This week I’m featuring a book called Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. I will be reading this one soon. It was released May 5, 2009 b McClelland &Stewart and it already has great reviews. Here’s a bit about the book from McClelland & Stewart…
It is Enniscorthy in the southeast of Ireland in the early 1950s. Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. Thus when a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Leaving her family and country, Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn, and to a crowded boarding house where the landlady’s intense scrutiny and the small jealousies of her fellow residents only deepen her isolation.
Slowly, however, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life — until she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness. As she falls in love, news comes from home that forces her back to Enniscorthy, not to the constrictions of her old life, but to new possibilities which conflict deeply with the life she has left behind in Brooklyn.
In the quiet character of Eilis Lacey, Colm Tóibín has created one of fiction’s most memorable heroines and in Brooklyn, a luminous novel of devastating power. Tóibín demonstrates once again his astonishing range and that he is a true master of nuanced prose, emotional depth, and narrative virtuosity.
I’m really looking forward to this novel. Why do I like the cover? It reminds me of days past with the dress forms in the store windows. There isn’t a lot of shops like this anymore with the huge mallls now. It’s too bad because I miss them.