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"This posthumously published collection of stories revolving around an imaginary street in Dublin was written by Binchy (A Week in Winter) over a period of decades, and approved by her husband, writer Gordon Snell. The earlier stories are more developed than some of the later tales, but overall, the author gives us one last extraordinary look at ordinary people as they struggle with family relationships, romances gone awry, and the possibility for a better future. Standouts include the first story, 'Dolly's Mother,' in which a shy, unassuming teenager copes with having a kind, charismatic mother who is more popular than she is, and — as is revealed — might not be as perfect as everyone thinks. In 'It's Only A Day,' Binchy fondly portrays the transformation of three childhood friends into adults, using the lens of their disparate views on romance, as old-fashioned values find a place in their modern worlds. The book is filled with vignettes in which dissatisfied husbands leave their wives, but find their new lives wanting; disparate people find common ground, and even romance; and holding one's tongue leads to the best way to make relationships thrive. While some entries come off more as character studies than actual stories, one finds here insightful observations about human nature — all with Binchy's thoughtful and loving touch that will be sorely missed. (May) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

While she was writing columns for The Irish Times and her best-selling novels, Maeve Binchy also had in mind to write a book that revolved around one street with many characters coming and going. Every once in a while, she would write about one these people. She would then put it in a drawer. "For the future," she would say. The future is now.

Just around the corner from St. Jarlath's Crescent (which readers will recognize from Minding Frankie) is Chestnut Street, where neighbors come and go. Behind their closed doors we encounter very different people with different life circumstances, occupations, and sensibilities. Written with the humor and understanding that are earmarks of Maeve Binchy's work, it is a pleasure to be part of this world with all of its joys and sorrows, to get to know the good and the bad, and ultimately to have our hearts warmed by her storytelling.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385351850
Author:
Binchy, Maeve
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Literature-Family Life
Subject:
fiction;Week in Winter;Irish
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4C END PAPERS
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.61 x 6.66 x 1.43 in 1.5 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This posthumously published collection of stories revolving around an imaginary street in Dublin was written by Binchy (A Week in Winter) over a period of decades, and approved by her husband, writer Gordon Snell. The earlier stories are more developed than some of the later tales, but overall, the author gives us one last extraordinary look at ordinary people as they struggle with family relationships, romances gone awry, and the possibility for a better future. Standouts include the first story, 'Dolly's Mother,' in which a shy, unassuming teenager copes with having a kind, charismatic mother who is more popular than she is, and — as is revealed — might not be as perfect as everyone thinks. In 'It's Only A Day,' Binchy fondly portrays the transformation of three childhood friends into adults, using the lens of their disparate views on romance, as old-fashioned values find a place in their modern worlds. The book is filled with vignettes in which dissatisfied husbands leave their wives, but find their new lives wanting; disparate people find common ground, and even romance; and holding one's tongue leads to the best way to make relationships thrive. While some entries come off more as character studies than actual stories, one finds here insightful observations about human nature — all with Binchy's thoughtful and loving touch that will be sorely missed. (May) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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