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Publisher Comments:

Maeve Binchy once again brings us an enchanting book full of the wit, warmth, and wisdom that have made her one of the most beloved and widely read writers at work today.

When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann's Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann's for generations to share their dreams and fears, and speak their prayers. Some believe it to be a place of true spiritual power, demanding protection; others think it's a mere magnet for superstitions, easily sacrificed. Not knowing which faction to favor, Father Flynn listens to all those caught up in the conflict, and these are the voices we hear in the stories of Whitethorn Woods — men and women deciding between the traditions of the past and the promises of the future, ordinary people brought vividly to life by Binchy's generosity and empathy, and in the vivacity and surprise of her storytelling.

Maeve Binchy is at the very top of her form in this irresistible tale.

Review:

"Binchy deliver[s] a panoply of richly drawn first-person characters....Stories of greed, infidelity, mental illness, incest, the joys of being single, the struggles of modern career women, alcoholism, and the heartbreak of parenting span generations, simply and poignantly. Binchy takes it all in and orchestrates the whole masterfully." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Whitethorn Woods is Binchy's best read in a decade....In Binchy's hands the old progress-versus-tradition story takes on new life....Binchy weaves an absorbing web of stories. Elizabeth Grove-White, Toronto Globe and Mail

Synopsis:

When a new highway is planned that will bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, the town's inhabitants are divided on whether or not the town will benefit or suffer from the construction.

Synopsis:

When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is mostconcerned with the fate of St. Ann's Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann's for generations to share their dreams and fears, andspeak their prayers. Some believe it to be a place of true spiritual power, demanding protection; others think it's a mere magnet for superstitions, easily sacrificed.

Father Flynnlistens to all those caught up in the conflict, as the men and women of Whitethorn Woods must decide between the traditions of the past and the promises of thefuture.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Maeve Binchy is the author of numerous best-selling books, including Nights of Rain and Stars, Quentins, Scarlet Feather, Circle of Friends, and Tara Road, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. She has written for Gourmet; O, The Oprah Magazine; Modern Maturity; and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. She and her husband, Gordon Snell, live in Dalkey, Ireland, and London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307267443
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Fiction-General
Author:
Binchy, Maeve
Author:
Maeve Binchy
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
General
Subject:
City and town life -- Ireland.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Large Print-Literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070306
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
339

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Product details 339 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307267443 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Binchy deliver[s] a panoply of richly drawn first-person characters....Stories of greed, infidelity, mental illness, incest, the joys of being single, the struggles of modern career women, alcoholism, and the heartbreak of parenting span generations, simply and poignantly. Binchy takes it all in and orchestrates the whole masterfully." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Whitethorn Woods is Binchy's best read in a decade....In Binchy's hands the old progress-versus-tradition story takes on new life....Binchy weaves an absorbing web of stories.
"Synopsis" by , When a new highway is planned that will bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, the town's inhabitants are divided on whether or not the town will benefit or suffer from the construction.
"Synopsis" by , When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is mostconcerned with the fate of St. Ann's Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann's for generations to share their dreams and fears, andspeak their prayers. Some believe it to be a place of true spiritual power, demanding protection; others think it's a mere magnet for superstitions, easily sacrificed.

Father Flynnlistens to all those caught up in the conflict, as the men and women of Whitethorn Woods must decide between the traditions of the past and the promises of thefuture.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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