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Fashion Book: Brooklyn

2010 December 2

Last week I read Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, one of my sidewalk finds. It was a quick read, and I liked the story and the characters. However, it didn’t really have a huge amount of literary merit or emotional heft. I found myself identifying with the main character, Eilis, a young Irish woman who moves to Brooklyn in the early 1950s to find work because the Irish economy is so bad there are no jobs. Though she is intensely homesick at first, she soon carves out a happy life for herself, attending college classes and eventually falling in love with a charming Italian plumber. She is forced to return to Ireland briefly after a family tragedy, and it’s here that the novel takes its most dramatic twists and reveals dimensions of Eilis I hadn’t seen before. It’s a story about the growing up, finding love, and what home means, and overall, I liked it–but I didn’t love it, and I was really let down by the ending. Has anyone else read it? What did you think?

In the book, Eilis is usually wearing dresses and cardigans, so I wanted to create a breezy look she could wear on a date to Coney Island or a church dance. I am obsessed with t-strap heels right now, and I love how the earrings match the subtle green of the pretty summer dress.


Topshop Daisy Spot Chiffon Dress ($160)

J. Crew Valentina cashmere cardigan ($80)

Frye Betty T-Strap Pump ($168)

Coccinelle Bow Mock Crock leather clutch bag ($115)

Nordstrom Extra Long Glass Pearl necklace ($58)

Biba teal and gold logo stud earrings ($50)

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  1. December 2, 2010

    Fairly certain I’m going to have to acquire this whole outfit. I haven’t read “Brooklyn” but I’ll think of this as a Francie Nolan-ish outfit. (Although it would probably have to be her daughter.)

  2. December 8, 2010

    I agree with the comment about Francie Nolan–talk about very Booklyn! I am obsessed with those earrings but they are out of stock. ALAS!

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