Friday, November 04, 2016

Ten top books about exile

Nada Awar Jarrar's latest novel is An Unsafe Haven. One of her ten favorite books about exile, as shared at the Guardian:
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Beset by homesickness as an Irish immigrant to the US, Eilis Lacey manages to fashion a new and more sophisticated version of herself there which, once she returns home for a visit, is impossible to shake. This is a haunting depiction of what it means to reinvent oneself and permanently suffer the loss of belonging. Tóibín’s writing is austere and seemingly effortless, and is evocative of the depth of loneliness plaguing his characters, no matter where they happen to be.
Read about another book on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue