Colm Toibin's Brooklyn is perhaps the authors most well-known novel and definitely his most well-received. In 2009, it won the Costa Novel Award and was in 2011 shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literacy Award. Additionally, in 2009, it was longlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize. The novel received positive reviews upon released and was a financial success. Says Robert Hanks of The Daily Telegraph: "Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn is a controlled, understated novel, devoid of outright passion or contrivance, but alive with authentic detail, moved along by the ripples of affection and doubt that shape any life: a novel that offers the reader serious pleasure." It has since been named as one of the top ten historical novels of all time by The Observer.
Set in 1951 and 1952, the novel tells the story of a young Irish woman's hardships in Ireland and subsequent immigration to Brooklyn, where she falls in love. When her past catches up with her she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within them for her and the two loves in each place. Ultimately, she makes a choice that will shape the course of her new life split between the United States and Ireland. The novel has been described as simaltenously as a love story, a coming-of-age story and a drama.
Some of the most intense themes of Brooklyn are family (family will always be there to help support you and love you), coming of age (growing up fast), and the home (being homesick when far from home).
The novel was adapted into a film in 2015 staring Saorise Ronan. It was nominated for quite a few awards, including four Academy Awards (including Best Picture). It won many awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best British Film.