Rakestraw Books presents Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín Visits on 5 May 2024 at 10:30 AM. Click here to purchase tickets.

SUNDAY, 5 MAY 2024 at 10:30 AM / IN-PERSON TALK & SIGNING - Please note new date and time!

Colm Tóibín, Long Island

From the beloved, critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author comes a spectacularly moving and intense novel of secrecy, misunderstanding, and love, the story of Eilis Lacey, the complex and enigmatic heroine of Brooklyn, Tóibín’s most popular work twenty years later.

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 that lives and works, eats and plays together. It is the spring of 1976 and Eilis, now in her forties with two teenage children, has no one to rely on in this still-new country. 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 his job and Eilis is in her home office doing her accounting, an Irishman comes to the door asking for her 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.

Long Island is about longings unfulfilled, even unrecognized. The silences in Eilis’ life are thunderous and dangerous, and there’s no one more deft than Tóibín at giving them language. This is a gorgeous story of a woman alone in a marriage and the deepest bonds she rekindles on her return to the place and people she left behind, to ways of living and loving she thought she’d lost.

Rakestraw Books is delighted to welcome Colm Tóibín back for a celebration of his fine new novel, Long Island, on Sunday, 5 May 2024 at 10:30 AM (Please note new date and time!). There will be plenty of time for audience questions as well as a book signing.

Tickets are $10 (may be applied to your purchase of Long Island). Tickets should be purchased HERE.

Event date: 
Sunday, May 5, 2024 - 10:30am
Event address: 
3 Railroad Ave
Danville, CA 94526
Long Island (Eilis Lacey Series) By Colm Toibin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476785110
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner - May 7th, 2024