Questions for these acclaimed writers come from the live audience and from the farthest reaches of the globe via e-mail and phone. It's a rare experience of global unity and honest-to-god cross-culturalism. I have learned so much and been so enriched by the readings from the books and the dialogues that ensue. When I saw that we had paperbacks by two authors I heard on the program, I snapped them up.
The first is Brooklyn, by Irish writer Colm Toibin. The BBC listeners (especially the female element) were quite taken with his perceptiveness toward his main character, an immigrant. Toibin grew up in a household of women, and admitted to being all ears and soaking up a lot. He also excelled at the period aspects of his tale (although a few hardcore fans critiqued him for having someone put ketchup on a hot dog!).