William Trevor
'Brooklyn' by Colm Tóibín

Brooklyn A Novel Colm Tóibín Scribner: 272 pp., $25 Colm Tóibín leads a generation of Irish novelists, born in the 1950s, who have achieved wide international readership. Sebastian Barry, Roddy Doyle, Neil Jordan and Patrick McCabe have long been admired abroad; Ronan Bennett, Dermot Bolger, Hugo Hamilton, Kerry Hardie and Niall Williams are more recent presences. It is a remarkable flowering. Before them, only a few Irish novelists born since 1922, when James Joyce published "Ulysses," had comparable success: William Trevor (1928) and Edna O'Brien (1932), who spent most of their creative lives in England, then John Banville (1945) and John McGahern...