Colm Toibin's Brooklyn is a beautifully rendered story of 1950s life in the colorful New York borough.
Eilis Lacey of Enniscorthy, Ireland doesn't think of herself as the adventurous sort, but when a string of circumstances sets her off on a boat for America, she finds a new life waiting for her, one of both extreme loneliness and absolute wonder. Toibin takes us through the immigrant experience (getting used to new customs, consumerism, finding a job, finding someone to love) with such careful attention to emotional detail, his simple, almost pedestrian vocabulary builds into poetry.
This is a book to curl up with, mug of tea in hand, snowstorm building outside. Enjoy!