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Brooklyn Wins a Literary Prize

Colm Toibin Takes Costa Book Awards Fiction Prize –

Irish writer Colm Toibin was named novelist of the year Monday in Britain’s lucrative Costa Book Awards for his emigrant saga ”Brooklyn.”

The judges praised Toibin’s ”poised, quiet and incrementally shattering” story about a young Irishwoman in the 1950s caught between a new life in New York and the pull of her homeland.

After so long as the bridesmaid, it’s nice to see Toibin take top prize for a British award at last.


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