Study Guide

Brooklyn: A Novel Characters

By Colm Tóibín

Eilis Lacey

Eilis Lacey grows from a nervous, nerdy girl into a confident (but equally nerdy) young woman...

Mrs. Lacey

Mrs. Lacey and Eilis don't exactly have the healthiest mother-daughter relationship in the world....

Rose Lacey

Before she leaves for America, Eilis looks to her older sister Rose as an example of what a real...

Miss Fortini

Miss Fortini is Eilis' manager at Bartocci's Department Store, but she doesn't just teach Eilis...

Tony Fiorello

Here's what we learned from Brooklyn: Italian-American hunks are like Irish girl kryptonite....

The Fiorello Family (Mr. and Mrs. Fiorello, Maurice, Laurence, and Frank)

This riotous Italian-American family is a far cry from Eilis' stoic Irish kin, but she digs them...

Eilis' Roommates (Patty, Diane, Sheila, and Ms. McAdam)

If you've ever watched The Real World, then you know that a full house of roommates inevitably...

Jim Farrell

Holy smokes—we were not expecting Eilis to fall so hard for Jim Farrell. Either this girl...

Mrs. Kehoe

As Eilis' Irish landlady, Mrs. Kehoe is perfectly situated on the border between Ireland and...

Miss Kelly

If Miss Kelly were our boss, we'd quit in fifteen minutes flat. That being said, we give Eilis...

Father Flood

Father Flood is our favorite type of priest. Although he's definitely a spiritual guy, his...