In Brooklyn (Scribner, $15), Irish novelist Colm Tóibín quietly, but with rising intensity, tells the coming-of-age story of a rather plain Irish girl. Eilis attains adulthood in the 1950s, a time of spiking unemployment, and her colorful older sister arranges for her to emigrate to a close-knit Irish community in Brooklyn. Once there, Eilis experiences terrible homesickness, but eventually falls in love with an outgoing immigrant Italian plumber. After a trip back to her Irish parish and the sudden appearance of a conventional, old-world suitor, Eilis must choose, not only with her heart but also in keeping with her nagging sense of family responsibility, between her tremendously likeable Italian and the Irish suitor from her childhood. Tóibín masterfully builds the emotional pitch so that readers come to care deeply abouts Eilis’s decision.

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Published: Scribner - March 2nd, 2010

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Published: Scribner - September 8th, 2015

In The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet (Penguin, $16), Reif Larsen leads us on a grand rail adventure that would have made Kerouac jealous. T.S., a brilliant child who focuses his energy on cartography of the most bizarre and unique kind, is coping with the recent death of his older brother when he wins a prize that requires him to travel from Montana to D.C. T.S. sneaks onto a train and hopes for the best.  Along the way, he discovers the truth about his mother, becomes involved with multiple underground societies, and redefines the word “precocious.”  Larsen has created a fantastically detailed version of a reality that is quite beguiling.  Enjoy the ride.

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Published: Penguin Books - April 27th, 2010

As in the Frank Sinatra torch song, “That Old Black Magic,” the protagonist of Richard Russo’s That Old Cape Magic (Random House, $15) spirals down and down under the pressure of Love. Unable to let his past go, he drives around New England with his parents’ urns in the trunk of his convertible. Searching for a suitable burial place, he also tries to reconcile his crumbling life with the fact that he has attained every goal he set himself when he married: he has a beautiful house on the Cape, a successful career at a posh college, happy children--yet he’s in the throes of a divorce and endures a miserable professorship while pining to return to life on the West Coast. Russo recounts the tale with humor, pathos, and hilarity.

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Published: Vintage - June 1st, 2010

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