This book is a true coming of age novel that deals with complex topics like family, duty, the immigrant experience, love, loss, faith and temptation. And the beauty of this book is that these issues are not dealt with in a highly dramatic fashion. Eilis perseveres in her work, studies and relationships in such a matter of fact way. She knows what needs to be done and gets to it. Her small life suddenly became my whole world as I read this story. Her grace, wisdom and intuition serve her perfectly and makes Eilis a character I will not soon forget.