Tara Road: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 4, 2007 - Fiction - 656 pages
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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.

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I read this book years and years ago. Maeve Binchy was a new author for me, and I was bored with the same-old/same-old cliche romance novels, so I reached for this one. Heartbreaking from the start, this book, to me...illustrated the bravado and turning point for one woman who really had to look beyond a familiar lifestyle to truly FIND herself. I have not since read a Maeve Binchy book due to taking a hiatus from fiction for a few years, but I'm dying to plunge into her other titles.  

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I have not read books in a while. This one is an easy read but hard to put down once I started. I love the fact that this book tells about the reality and hard truth about life. I giggled and I cried.
I'm giving it a 4 for its impact. I would have wanted a different ending though.

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About the author (2007)

Maeve Binchy was born in a small village outside Dublin. She spent her childhood in Dalkey, an experience she draws on today when creating the rural villages usually at the heart of her novels. After receiving her B.A. from University College in Dublin, she began working as a teacher. The experiences she had while teaching at a Jewish school and on vacation in Israel compelled her to find work on a kibbutz. While abroad in Israel, she wrote weekly letters to her father describing life in a country constantly on the brink of war. When Binchy's father sent one of her letters to The Irish Times where it was published and earned her 18, Binchy, who had been making 16 working at the school, thought that she had truly "arrived."

Since these humble beginnings, Binchy's success has been astounding. She has written four volumes of short stories titled This Year It Will Be Different, The Return Journey, The Lilac Bus, and London Transports, two plays and a teleplay that won three awards at the Prague Film Festival, but she is perhaps most famous for her bestselling novels Evening Class, The Glass Lake, The Copper Beech, Circle of Friends, Silver Wedding, Firefly Summer, Echoes, and Light a Penny Candle, which have been celebrated on many continents. Movie audiences everywhere adored the film version of Circle of Friends, produced by Savoy Pictures and which starred Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnell.

Maeve Binchy lives with her husband, Gordon Snell, in Dublin.

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