I expected to like this book more than I did because it was very favorably reviewed and on many best books lists for 2009. It describes the experiences of Eilis, who immigrates from Ireland to the United States shortly after World War II. It does a great job of describing the homesickness and alienation of immigrants, but the characters aren't particularly nuanced. Toibin's The Master, about Henry James, was quite superior.
My rating: *** (out of 5)