Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn is a simple and quiet story at first glance, much like its protagonist, Eilis, but eventually you realize there are much deeper and complicated feelings surging underneath the surface. It took me a little while to get into the story as so many plot points were detailed descriptions of normal occurrences that it seemed to drag until something major happened, like meeting Tony and most of the book’s last half. However Tóibín does not sugarcoat things in his writing, and it is easy to identify with certain decisions Eilis must face or own up to. It is a story of life-path choices, the people that urge you in one direction or another, spoken or unspoken, uncertainty of the future, and growing into yourself.