New York Times bestselling author Maeve Binchy has captured the hearts of millions with her unforgettable novels. Binchy's graceful storytelling and wise compassion have earned her the devotion of fans worldwide--and made her one of the most beloved authors of our time. Now she dazzles us once again with a new novel filled with her signature warmth, humor, and tender insight. A provocative tale of family heartbreak, friendship, and revelation, Tara Road explores every woman's fantasy: escape, into another place, another life. "What if . . ." Binchy asks, and answers in her most astonishing novel to date.
Praise for Tara Road
“Her best work yet . . . Tara Road is like a total immersion in a colorful new world, where the last page comes too soon.”—Seattle Times
“An irresistible tale.”—Elle
“Engrossing.”—Wall Street Journal
“Difficult to put down!”—Denver Post
“One of Binchy's best.”—Kirkus Reviews
Ella Brady wants to film a documentary about Quentins that will capture the spirit of Dublin from the 1970s to the present day. After all, the restaurant saw the people of a city become more confident in everything from their lifestyles to the food that they chose to eat. And Quentins has a thousand stories to tell. But as Ella uncovers more of what has gone on at Quentins, she begins to wonder whether some secrets should be kept that way...
“Quentins is not just any Dublin restaurant; it’s a place where wedding proposals, business deals, family ties, and friendships are forged (and sometimes broken).”—The Seattle Times
Tourists enter the hilltop tavern, alone and in pairs, for a casual lunch. But a sudden tragedy in the harbor below causes these perfect strangers to become unlikely friends as their lives begin to entwine...
Fiona left her nursing career in Ireland to be with the man everyone thinks is wrong for her. Elsa fled Germany and her high-powered television job once she learned what the man she loved was hiding from her. Thomas mourns his failed marriage and misses his young son in California, while David yearns to reconcile with his family in England without having to go into the family business. Chance has brought them together, and together they will find new ways of looking at the lives they left behind.
“By the time the bouzouki players start up on the last page, you’ll feel you’ve known these people all your life.”—The Seattle Times
“The sort of book you should take with you on a trip to the Greek islands.”—The Boston Globe
To escape the chaos of London during World War II, young Elizabeth White is sent to live a safer life in the small Irish town of Kilgarret. It is there, in the crowded, chaotic O’Connor household, that she meet Aisling—a girl who soon becomes her very best friend, sharing her pet kitten and secretly teaching her the intricacies of Catholicism.
Aisling’s boldness brings Elizabeth out of her proper shell; later, her support carries Elizabeth through the painful end of her parents’ chilly marriage. In return, Elizabeth’s friendship helps Aisling endure her own unsatisfying marriage to a raging alcoholic. Through the years, they come to believe they can overcome any conflict, conquer any hardship—as long as they have each other. Now they’re about to find out if they're right...
“A sumptuous saga.”—Harper’s
“Wonderful…a novel that could be mistaken for life.”—New York Daily News
It widened at Dublin, at the university where Benny and Eve met beautiful Nan Mahlon and Jack Foley, a doctor's handsome son. But heartbreak and betrayal would bring the worlds of Knockglen and Dublin into explosive collision. Long-hidden lies would emerge to test the meaning of love and the strength of ties held within the fragile gold bands of a...Circle Of Friends.
From the Paperback edition.
They came together at Mountainview College, a down-at-the-heels secondary school on the seamy side of Dublin, to take a course in Italian. It was Latin teacher Aidan Dunne's last chance to revive a failing marriage and a dead-end career. But Aidan's dream was headed for disaster until the mysterious Signora appeared, transforming a shared passion for Italy into a life-altering adventure for them all...bank clerk Bill and his dizzy fiance Lizzie: a couple headed for trouble...Kathy, a hardworking innocent propelled into adulthood in a shocking moment of truth...Connie, the gorgeous rich lady with a scandal ready to explode...glowering Lou, who joined the class as a cover for crime. And Signora, whose passionate past remained a secret as she changed all their lives forever....
From the New York Times bestselling author of This Year It Will Be Different, The Glass Lake, and Circle of Friends, comes a novel filled with Maeve Binchy's signature warmth, wit, and sheer storytelling genius--a spellbinding tale of men and women whose quiet lives hide the most unexpected things....
"Love, longing, and rich scenes of daily life.... What could be sweeter than a trip to an Irish village packed with robust native characters." —The Christian Science Monitor
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.
Father Flynn listens 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 the future.
From the Paperback edition.
As family and friends gather, a lifetime of lies takes its toll. But what begins as a family charade brings with it the transforming power of love—and truth.
From the Paperback edition.
First published in the US as part of her encouraging book of missives to aspiring writers, The Maeve Binchy Writers’ Club, “Dusty’s Winter” is essential Maeve. Inspiring and down-to-earth, her stories are full of the stuff of everyday life. Ireland’s “best-loved writer of her generation,” Maeve Binchy often wrote about ordinary life in small-town Ireland, and she is fondly remembered for the warmth and generosity of her prose.
Maeve Binchy has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross Award in 2007 and is the author of many bestselling books including Maeve’s Times, Chestnut Street, and A Week in Winter.
An eBook short.
Patrick O'Neill builds the grand hotel of his dreams, with its promise of wealth and change. Loyalties are challenged, jealousies ignited, and tragedy strikes before the foundation is laid. Suddenly Kate and John Ryan's lives and family are bound up with the newcomer in ways they can never imagine. And Patrick O'Neill faces his own crisis of conscience and heart as the events he sets in motion take on a life of their own in a town that will never be the same again.
Praise for Firefly Summer
“The best Binchy yet.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Totally engrossing . . . unforgettable . . . an absolutely grand story . . . a lyrical and compelling family drama . . . Mountfern and its residents come vibrantly alive.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“The secrets hidden behind lace curtains, a young girl's first kiss, children's summer games, unexpected pregnancies, sudden deaths. She makes us feel as if we also know the place and its people. . . . One of those good old-fashioned stories that are as comfortable and comforting as home itself.”—Philadelphia Inquirer
From the Hardcover edition.
A tale of joy, heartbreak and hope, about a motherless girl collectively raised by a close-knit Dublin community.
When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she’s born. But as a single father battling demons of his own, Noel can’t do it alone.
Fortunately, he has a competent, caring network of friends, family and neighbors: Lisa, his unlucky-in-love classmate, who moves in with him to help him care for little Frankie around the clock; his American cousin, Emily, always there with a pep talk; the newly retired Dr. Hat, with more time on his hands than he knows what to do with; Dr. Declan and Fiona and their baby son, Frankie’s first friend; and many eager babysitters, including old friends Signora and Aidan and Frankie’s doting grandparents, Josie and Charles.
But not everyone is pleased with the unconventional arrangement, especially a nosy social worker, Moira, who is convinced that Frankie would be better off in a foster home. Now it’s up to Noel to persuade her that everyone in town has something special to offer when it comes to minding Frankie.
"Joyful, quintessential Binchy." —O, The Oprah Magazine
From the Hardcover edition.
Sharing a week with this unlikely cast of characters is pure joy, full of Maeve’s trademark warmth and humor. Once again, she embraces us with her grand storytelling.
This ebook edition includes photos from the landscape of A WEEK IN WINTER and a Reading Group Guide.
Across town from St. Jarlath’s Crescent, featured in 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. Some of the unforgettable characters lovingly brought to life by Binchy are Bucket Maguire, the window cleaner, who must do more than he bargained for to protect his son; Nessa Byrne, whose aunt visits from America every summer and turns the house—and Nessa’s world—upside down; Lilian, the generous girl with the big heart and a fiancé whom no one approves of; Melly, whose gossip about the neighbors helps Madame Magic, a self-styled fortune-teller, get everyone on the right track; Dolly, who discovers more about her perfect mother than she ever wanted to know; and Molly, who learns the cure for sleeplessness from her pen pal from Chicago . . .
Chestnut Street is written with the humor and understanding that are earmarks of Maeve Binchy’s extraordinary work and, once again, she warms our hearts with her storytelling.
This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
A story of patients and staff, family, and friends who are part of a heart clinic in a community caught between the old Ireland and the new.
Dr. Clara Casey has been offered the thankless job of establishing the underfunded clinic and agrees to take it on for a year. She has plenty on her plate already—two difficult adult daughters and the unwanted attentions of her ex-husband—but she assembles a wonderfully diverse staff devoted to helping their demanding, often difficult patients.
Before long the clinic is established as an essential part of the community, and Clara must decide whether or not to leave a place where lives are saved, courage is rewarded, and humor and optimism triumph over greed and self-pity.
"Good-hearted and entertaining.... Offers many honest pleasures." —The Washington Post
David Power and Clare O'Brien both grew up dreaming of escape from the battered seaside town of Castlebay, Ireland, but they might as well have had the ocean between them. David is the cherished son of a prosperous doctor, while Clare lives with her large family behind their faltering store, longing for a moment of quiet to study. When they both go to university in Dublin—he as a matter of course, she on a hard-won scholarship—their worlds collide. They find freedom in each other—until the families, lovers, and secrets they left in Castlebay come back to haunt them...
“Laughter and tears, it’s what Binchy does best.”—San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
“The Castlebay Maeve Binchy creates is a marvelous place.”—The New York Times Book Review
They met in cooking school and became fast friends with a common dream. Now Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather hope to take Dublin by storm with their newly formed catering company, aptly dubbed "Scarlet Feather." Not everyone, however, shares their optimism. Cathy's mother-in-law disapproves of both Cathy and her new "hobby," while Cathy's husband, Neil, pays no mind to anything- except his work as a civil rights lawyer. And then there's Tom's family, who expect him to follow in his father's footsteps, and an ambitious girlfriend who's struggling with career dreams of her own. Between friends and families, ups and downs, heartaches and joys, Cathy and Tom are about to embark on the most maddening-and exhilarating-year of their lives...
From the Hardcover edition.
A secretary's silent passion for her boss meets the acid test on a business trip. . . .
A man and a woman's mutual disdain at first sight shows how deceptive appearances can be. . . .
An insecure wife clings to the illusion of order, only to discover chaos at the hands of a house sitter who opens the wrong doors. . . .
A pair of star-crossed travelers take each other's bags, and then learn that when you unlock a stranger's suitcase, you enter a stranger's life.
In their company are many more, whose poignant, ironic, often humorous stories—unforgettable slices of life—make up The Return Journey, a spellbinding trip into the human heart.
A Few of the Girls is a glorious collection of the very best of her short story writing, stories that were written over the decades—some published in magazines, others for friends as gifts, many for charity benefits. The stories are all filled with the signature warmth and humor that have always been an essential part of Maeve’s appeal.
From the Hardcover edition.
In "A Typical Irish Christmas," a grieving New York widower heads for a holiday in Ireland and finds an unexpected destination not just for himself, but for a father and daughter at odds. The title story "This Year It Will Be Different" also delves into the emotions of a person at mid-life--a woman with a complacent husband and grown children who are entering a season that can forever alter her life, and theirs. In "Pulling Together," a teacher not yet out of her twenties sees her affair with a married man at a turning point as Christmas Eve approaches--and she may be off on a new direction with some unusual friends. And in the delightful tale "The Hard Core," the four most recalcitrant residents of a nursing home are left alone at Christmas with the owner's daughter in charge: the result is sure to be disaster--or the kind of life-affirming renewal that only the spirit of the season can bring.
The stories in This Year It Will Be Different powerfully evoke many lives--step-families grappling with ex's, long-married couples faced with in-law problems, a wandering husband choosing between "the other woman" and his wife, a child caught in grown-up tugs-of-war--during the one holiday when feelings cannot be easily hidden. The time of year may be magical, imbued with meaning. But the situations are universal. And Maeve Binchy makes us care about them all. As the Philadelphia Inquirer noted, "Maeve Binchy's people come to life fully. They make you laugh and cry and disturb your sleep." They do precisely that in this extraordinary collection, on the night before Christmas when we are snug in our beds, or anywhere, any time of the year.
From the Hardcover edition.
Maeve Binchy once confessed: "As someone who fell off a chair not long ago trying to hear what they were saying at the next table in a restaurant, I suppose I am obsessively interested in what some might consider the trivia of other people's lives." She was an accidental journalist, yet from the beginning, her writings reflected the warmth, wit, and keen human interest that readers would come to love in her fiction. From the royal wedding to boring airplane companions, Samuel Beckett to Margaret Thatcher, "senior moments" to life as a waitress, Maeve's Times gives us wonderful insight into a changing Ireland as it celebrates the work of one of our best-loved writers in all its diversity-revealing her characteristic directness, laugh-out-loud humor, and unswerving gaze into the true heart of a matter.
“Binchy’s wry, self-effacing style reminds one of a Celtic Nora Ephron. . . . [She] throws a spotlight on strong, imperfect women confronting complicated challenges.” —The Christian Science Monitor
If you scribble story ideas on the backs of receipts…
If you file away bits of overheard conversation from the coffee shop...
If you’ve already chosen the perfect pen name...
Well, then the journey has begun!
In this warm and inspiring guide, beloved author Maeve Binchy shares her unique insight to how a best selling author writes: from finding a subject and creating good writing habits to sustaining progress and seeking a publisher.
Whether you want to write stories or plays, humor or mysteries, Binchy prescribes advice for every step with her signature humor and generous spirit. She has called upon other writers, editors, and publishers to add their voices to this treasury of assistance for budding writers and a refreshing dose of encouragement for longtime scribes. And once you are ready, an appendix offers of writing awards and competitions and a selection of websites and literary journals.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
They hadn’t intended it to be a full house. Dee and Liam had thought that their children would leave home one by one and come to see them on weekends. Wouldn’t that be nice? But Helen had never left; Rosie got married but not for long; Anthony writes songs and will be a sensation someday. And Dee wonders what she did wrong. Instead of enjoying her “old age,” she is taking care of everyone else. When a crisis occurs Dee takes charge and decides that something has to change—much to everyone’s surprise.
Beloved storyteller and internationally bestselling author Maeve Binchy left a treasure trove of unpublished short stories after her death. “Full House” is everything we’ve come to expect from Binchy’s work—a world of charm, joy and sorrow, where we return again and again to be instructed and warmed. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross Award in 2007 and is the author of many bestselling books including Maeve’s Times, Chestnut Street, and A Week in Winter.
An eBook short.
It starts out like any other dull day in a busy airport bar. James, the bartender, would much rather serve regulars at a local pub than cranky travelers. Katy and Colin have been involved in a longtime affair that comes to literal blows when he reveals that he hasn’t kept his promise to leave his wife. Between some quick thinking by James and the kindness of an American couple, Jean and Maurice, the situation is defused. And Jean’s insistence that they all stay in touch sparks friendships that are maintained across the ocean. But after nearly a decade of writing annual letters, she reveals a secret that casts the events of that day in a whole new light…
The recent New York Times best seller, A Few of the Girls, is a collection of Maeve's beloved short stories that one reviewer called “reminiscent of a letter from an old friend.” We are lucky that there are even more stories for her readers. In “The September Letters,” never before published in the United States, Maeve once again brings us into the lives of ordinary people where chance meetings have the potential to change lives.
An ebook short.
Cuenta la leyenda que, cuando uno formula un deseo, la cueva de Castlebay, en los abruptos acantilados irlandeses, responde en vez de devolver el eco de la voz. En su día escuchó los deseos de David Power y Clare O'Brien, dos jóvenes que soñaban con volar lejos del pequeño pueblo costero en el que estaban atrapados.
Años después, en Dublín, sus caminos se cruzan de nuevo. David es un estudiante de medicina ansioso por seguir los pasos de su padre y Clare ha conseguido una beca universitaria. Entre ellos surgirá una llama que les devolverá a Castlebay, donde la bruma matutina y la espuma de las olas serán testigos de una tormentosa historia de amor y ambición, de drama y traición, de sueños y desilusiones...
La crítica ha dicho...
«Unos personajes memorables y el retrato fidedigno de una pequeña comunidad irlandesa ofrecen tonos de frescura y pasión a un relato familiar.»
«Una lectura compulsiva... Binchy es una gran contadora de historias.»
«Una poderosa historia de amor y celos.»
«¡Con Castlebay, Maeve Binchy crea un lugar maravilloso!»
The New York Times Book Review
«Risas y llanto, lo que Binchy sabe hacer mejor.»
Chronicle Book Review
Londres, 1940. La tensión entre la población aumenta a medida que la guerra se vuelve más virulenta y va dejando tras de sí un número escalofriante de víctimas civiles. La ciudad se ha convertido en el blanco de los ataques de las fuerzas aéreas alemanas. Violet White teme perder a su hija Elizabeth en un bombardeo y decide enviarla a Irlanda, a casa de Eileen O'Connor, su mejor amiga de la infancia. La pequeña solo tiene diez años cuando llega a Kilgarret, pero enseguida se adapta y entabla amistad con la hija de Eileen, Aisling O'Connor, quien se convierte prácticamente en una hermana para ella.
Al terminar la guerra, Elizabeth se ve obligada a regresar junto a su madre en Londres, pero su corazón permanecerá para siempre en Irlanda, en casa de los O'Connor. Ni siquiera la distancia, el tiempo y el desengaño amoroso lograrán truncar su amistad con Aisling.
La crítica ha dicho...
«El libro más encantador que he leído desde Lo que el viento se llevó.»
«Un libro absolutamente ameno y placentero.»
«Una primera novela maravillosa, que combina habilidades tan extrañas como el talento por la narración y un estilo memorable.»
«Brillante: una novela notable, panorámica e infinitamente entretenida.»
Molly Keane, Irish Press
«El atractivo del estilo de Maeve Binchy radica en una caracterización fuerte, una buena narración y las evocaciones reconfortantes de un mundo acogedor.»
Stoneybridge es un pequeño pueblo de la escarpada costa de Irlanda que recibe una gran cantidad de turistas en verano, pero que se queda prácticamente vacío fura de temporada. Sin embargo, los alrededores no están desiertos del todo, porque en Stone House, un viejo y precioso hotel sobre el acantilado, hay un grupo de huéspedes muy variopinto que durante una semana en invierno disfruta de su cocina espaciosa y cálida, de la chimenea de leña y de los elegantes dormitorios. Y aunque casi nadie es capaz de resistirse a los encantos del lugar, pocos son los que conocen su historia, y menos aún la historia de su amable anfitriona, Geraldine Ryan, Chicky para todo el mundo.
La crítica ha dicho...
«Un libro para guardar como untesoro. Maeve Binchy en el territorio que mejor conoce, lleno de su calidez característica y de su cautivadora manera de narrar.»
«Binchy guía a sus personajes a través de todos sus problemas con mano firme pero amable, ayudándolos a conseguir un futuro mejor. Seguramente es por eso por lo que los lectores la aprecian tanto. Eso y el hecho de que siempre supo cómo contar una buena historia.»
En una calle de Dublín vive un grupo de vecinos muy variopinto. Entre ellos están: Bucket Maguire, un limpiador de cristales que para proteger a su hijo tendrá que hacer mucho más de lo que jamás habría imaginado; Lilian, una chica de gran corazón con un novio a quien a nadie le cae bien; o Melly, cuyos cotilleos permitirán a Madame Magia, una supuesta adivina, ayudar a mucha gente.
Al adentrarse en las vidas de estos y otros residente de Chestnut Street, a puerta cerrada y a lo largo de los años, Maeve Binchy demuestra que no hay quien la supere cuando escribe sobre el amor y la pérdida, las alegrías y las desgracias, la amistad y la familia, y sobre cómo la vida no siempre es como nos la habíamos imaginado, pero a pesar de ello seguimos adelante.
La crítica ha dicho...
«Esta novela atesora tanta bondad, sabiduría y comentarios perspicaces sobre la naturaleza humana que recordará a los lectores por qué Maeve Binchy es una de las escritoras irlandesas más queridas por todos.»
The Irish Times
«Binchy era conocida por crear personajes verosímiles que interactúan de manera muy normal, en lugares normales... Sus legiones de fans estarán deseando leer este libro.»
«Una colección póstuma de historias entrelazadas firmadas por la muy querida escritora irlandesa que falleció en 2012... Un último regalo para los seguidores de Binchy.»
«Se hallan aquí observaciones muy agudas sobre la naturaleza humana, siempre con ese toque cariñoso y amable típico de Maeve Binchy que echaremos tanto de menos.»
«Esta obra de Maeve Binchy es tan inspiradora como siempre. Te ayuda a reflexionar y resulta entrañabley entretenida.»
«Para Binchy escribir era tan natural como respirar, y esta colección de historias hace gala del humor y de la humanidad que la caracterizaban.»
«El último libro de Binchy es un tesoro para atesorar.»
Woman & Home
«Una novela acerca de una calle narrada a través de distintas historias que se entrelazan y muestran lo mejor de Maeve Binchy... Sus fans disfrutarán de esta magnífica lectura.»
En una taberna encaramada en lo alto de un pequeño pueblo griego, las vidas de cuatro desconocidos se cruzan por primera vez. Fiona es una enfermera irlandesa en busca de su lugar en el mundo; Thomas es un profesor de California que añora a su hijo y teme que su ex mujer lo aleje de él definitivamente; Elsa es una presentadora alemana que ha abandonado una prometedora carrera, y el tímido David es un inglés decidido a imponerse ante su dominante padre.
En un verano que nunca olvidarán y bajo la discreta mirada del tabernero Andreas y de la enigmática Vonni, una dama irlandesa cuyo dominio del griego no deja de sorprenderles, todos tratarán de encontrar un camino para seguir adelante con sus vidas... aunque tal vez no sea necesariamente el que habían imaginado...
La crítica ha dicho...
«Una lectura obligatoria. Perfecta para el verano.»
Mail on Sunday
«Es una de las pocas autoras que logra tocar la fibra sensible. Tiene una gran capacidad para adentrarnos en su mundo, de forma que leer sus libros es como charlar con una vieja amiga. Un libro perfecto para un día de verano o para animar un día de lluvia.»
«Desde el principio te sentirás cautivada por los personajes y te dejarás llevar por la historia.»
«Binchy es una Dickens. Escribe sobre los dilemas del hombre con un telón de fondo que describe las costumbres morales de la sociedad.»
«Fascinante y maravillosa.»
¿Carretera sí o carretera no?
El quebradero de cabeza de todo un pueblo.
Rossmore es un diminuto pueblo irlandés muy próspero aunque como pequeña población, un poco aburrida, del que los jóvenes ya no se quieren ir a la gran ciudad. Pero la decisión de construir una carretera que divida al pueblo en dos, separa también a sus apacibles habitantes... y como en cualquier pueblo de cualquier rincón del mundo, absolutamente todos quieren dar su opinión sobre si beneficiará o no al lugar.
¿Serán capaces de ponerse de acuerdo? ¿Serán capaces de afrontar EL CAMBIO?