Saoirse Ronan in ‘Brooklyn’ and Claes in Iowa
Saoirse Ronan in ‘Brooklyn’ and Claes in Iowa

When the movie Brooklyn with Saoirse Ronan came out a few years ago, I was immediately curious. Because it was about moving from one country to another. In this case, a young woman leaving her native Ireland for Brooklyn, in the early 1950s.

Could that story have anything in common with my experiences, moving from Sweden to Iowa in the 1970s?

Once I saw the movie, I knew I needed to read the book it is based on: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín . It was a pleasure to discover that in this case the movie closely followed the book.

This…

Claes Jonasson

Writer, creative and web designer. Novelist in progress. Perpetually curious about life and living.

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