Griffin Books presents… Colm Tóibín: Long Island

We’re delighted to welcome bestselling author and current Laureate for Irish Fiction Colm Tóibín to Penarth to talk about his exquisite new novel, Long Island.

A novel of enormous wit and profound emotional resonance, Long Island is the sequel to Tóibín’s modern masterpiece, Brooklyn, in which we are reunited with Eilis Lacey, the heroine of Brooklyn, twenty years on in the 1970s…

A man with an Irish accent knocks on Eilis Fiorello’s door on Long Island and in that moment everything changes. Eilis and Tony have built a secure, happy life here since leaving Brooklyn – perhaps a little stifled by the in-laws so close, but twenty years married and with two children looking towards a good future.

And yet this stranger will reveal something that will make Eilis question the life she has created. For the first time in years she suddenly feels very far from home and the revelation will see her turn towards Ireland once again. Back to her mother. Back to the town and the people she had chosen to leave behind. Did she make the wrong choice marrying Tony all those years ago? Is it too late now to take a different path?

Long Island is an exquisite, exhilarating novel that asks whether it is possible to truly return to the past and renew the great love that seemed gone forever.

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of ten previous novels, three of which were nominated for the Booker Prize, two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. His most recent novel, The Magician was a top ten bestseller and won the Rathbones Folio Award in 2022. In 2021 he was awarded the David Cohen Prize and in 2022 the Bodley Medal. He is the current Laureate for Irish Fiction. He lives in Dublin.

Date

May 30 2024

Time

7:30 pm

Cost

£25.00

Location

Paget Rooms Penarth

Organizer

Griffin Books