September 23, 2024
3:30 pm (Eastern Time)

Jesuit Media Lab Book Club: Colm Tóibín on “Long Island”

September 23, 2024
pm ET / 12:30 pm PT

Join the Jesuit Media Lab for an author conversation with acclaimed author Colm Tóibín for a discussion on his latest novel, “Long Island,” a sequel to 2015’s “Brooklyn.”

From the beloved, critically acclaimed, bestselling author comes a spectacularly moving novel featuring Eilis Lacey, the complex and enigmatic heroine of Brooklyn, Tóibín’s most popular work in 20 years.

Eilis Lacey is Irish, married to Tony Fiorello, a plumber and one of four Italian American brothers, all of whom live in neighboring houses on a cul-de-sac in Lindenhurst, Long Island, with their wives and children and Tony’s parents, a huge extended family. It is the spring of 1976 and Eilis is now 40 with two teenage children. 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 work an Irishman comes to the door asking for Eilis 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 and suspenseful.

Long Island is a gorgeous story “about a woman thrashing against the constraints of fate” (Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air). It is “a wonder, rich with yearning and regret” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis).

OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK * INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * “Stunning.” —People * “Dazzling yet devastating…Tóibín is simply one of the world’s best living literary writers.” —The Boston Globe * “Momentous and hugely affecting.” —The Wall Street Journal

Colm Tóibín is the author of 11 novels, including “Long Island,” an Oprah’s Book Club Pick; “The Magician,” winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize; “The Master,” winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; “Brooklyn,” winner of the Costa Book Award; “The Testament of Mary”; and “Nora Webster”; as well as two story collections and several books of criticism. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University and has been named as the Laureate for Irish Fiction for 2022–2024 by the Arts Council of Ireland. Three times shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.

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Colm Tóibín is the author of 11 novels, including “Long Island,” an Oprah’s Book Club Pick; “The Master,” winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and “Brooklyn,” winner of the Costa Book Award.

Mike Jordan Laskey is the director of communications at the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. He leads a team responsible for the website, social media and vocation promotion.

Nick Ripatrazone is a writer, editor and teacher. He is the culture editor for Image Journal and a contributing editor for the Catholic Herald (UK).