Long Island

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Long Island
304 pages; Scribner
From beloved Irish novelist Colm Tóibín comes Long Island, a follow-up to Tóibín's best-selling 2009 novel Brooklyn.

Long Island tells the story of Eilis Lacey, an Irish immigrant living on a Long Island cul-de-sac with her husband and his large, extended Italian American family. Though her ties to Ireland remain stronger than those that hold her to her new land and home, she has not returned in decades.

One day, when Tony is at his job and Eilis is in her home office doing her accounting, an Irishman comes to the door asking for her by name. He tells her that his wife is pregnant with Tony's child and that when the baby is born, he will not raise it but instead deposit it on Eilis's doorstep. It is what Eilis does—and what she refuses to do—in response to this stunning news that makes Tóibín's novel so riveting.