Hello! Were you able to make it through the first two parts this week? Did you feel like it’s a pretty easy-to-read story? For those who followed last month, do you feel like this book is easier to read than Inferno?
In this first section, we see Eilis as she tries to find a job and start a grown-up life in Ireland, and then quickly, we see her as she starts to prepare to go to the U.S. Were you taken aback that going to the U.S. wasn’t Eilis’s idea? It seemed like her mother and sister made all of the decisions for her. Were you surprised that Eilis was willing to go, even though she wasn’t responsible for any of the plans?
The part where Eilis is on the boat is really sad. Can you believe how mean her neighbors were to lock her out of the bathroom that first night? I was horrified by the fact that she was forced to use a bucket as a toilet, and she had to throw up in the hallway. That would be mortifying, I think. I was glad that her roommate was so sweet once she came back to the room. Having that roommate really changed the journey for Eilis.
In the second section, Eilis arrives in Brooklyn and starts her new job. It seemed like she was going to seamlessly transition into her new life, but then she experiences a horrible bout of homesickness. It was so good that everyone was kind to her and was willing to help her through her sadness. Father Flood seems like such a great man. I couldn’t believe that he even arranged some bookkeeping classes for her.
What did you think of Eilis’s first Christmas away from home? I thought it was nice that she was willing to serve in the church. I think that helped her not feel so alone.
So, what are your first impressions of Eilis? Don’t you think she is so brave? I can’t imagine going to a brand new country and trying to figure out everything. And, she doesn’t really know anyone—that would make things even harder!
Before you go, check out this sneak peek from the movie that features the aftermath of Eilis’s seasickness.
Make sure to read section three before you join us next week!