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  • With this elating and humane novel, Colm Tóibín has produced a masterwork

    Sunday Times
  • The most compelling and moving portrait of a young woman I have read in a long time

    Zoë Heller, Guardian, Books of the Year
  • A work of such skill, understatement and sly jewelled merriment could haunt your life

    Ali Smith, TLS, Books of the Year
  • Suffused with humane depth, funny, affecting, deftly plotted ... a novel of magnificent accomplishment

    Peter Kemp, Sunday Times, Novel of the Year
  • Brooklyn moved me more than any other book this year

    Nicholas Hytner, Observer, Books of the Year
  • A beautifully crafted work that transformed ordinary lives into something extraordinary

    Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year
  • No book this year gave me greater pleasure

    Nell Freudenberger, Financial Times
  • Not a sentence or a thought out of place. It takes over as his finest ficiton to date

    Irish Times
  • Remarkable freshness and immediacy ... with a lovely comedic lightness

    Daily Mail
  • A lovely, thoughtful book ... alive with authentic detail, moved along by the ripples of affection and doubt that shape any life: a novel that offers the reader serious pleasure

    Daily Telegraph

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