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Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy

1940-2012

Maeve Binchy's gentle stories explore the fabric of women's lives and their relationships with family, friends, and lovers. Although often set in larger (usually Irish) cities, her stories have a small-town feel, where communities of people intersect. Characters are more important than plot in Binchy's novels; she presents interesting, true-to-life characters sympathetically. Stories unfold at a leisurely pace, though they keep the reader engrossed by skillfully forging emotional links between readers and characters.

Evening Class

Evening class / Maeve Binchy

A disparate group of Irish men and women assembles every Tuesday and Thursday in Dublin for an introductory Italian class, but for the evening class and their teacher, a dream of Italy guides them to new friendships, understanding of themselves, and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy.

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Whitethorn Woods

Whitethorn Woods [CD-sound recording] / Maeve Binchy

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, while Father Flynn worries about the fate of St. Ann's Well, an age-old shrine on the edge of the woods that is slated for destruction.

Quentins

Quentins/ Maeve Binchy

While filming a documentary about Quentins, a famed Dublin restaurant, Ella Brady explores the changing face and spirit of the city from the 1970s to the present day as she captures the stories of the people and events who have made Quentins a center of their lives.

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Winter solstice

Winter solstice / Rosamunde Pilcher

A moving tale of loss and transcendence follows the lives of five people, buffeted by life's difficulties, who come together on a rundown estate house in Northern Scotland during a revelatory Winter Solstice.

 

Daughters in law

Daughters-in-law / Joanna Trollope

After her youngest son, and last one to marry, brings home his wife, Rachel feels her role of family matriarch slipping away and must deal with the loss that comes with it, while maintaining the relationships she holds dear.

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