Chestnut Street

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2014 - Fiction - 367 pages
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Maeve Binchy imagined a street in Dublin with many characters coming and going, and every once in a while she would write about one of these people. She would then put it in a drawer; “for the future,” she would say. The future is now.

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 fiancÚ 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.

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User Review  - Erika.D - LibraryThing

Maeve Binchy is one of my favorite authors. She is an excellent storyteller and her characters are always interesting and believable. Just wish the publisher would have said this was a collection of short stories since it is and not a novel. Read full review

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User Review  - TerriS - LibraryThing

I always love Maeve Binchy's books, and this is no exception. A book of short stories about people who live on Chestnut Street, it is filled with feel-good stories, sad stories, and life lessons to be learned. I really miss her. Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Maeve Binchy is the author of numerous best-selling books, including her most recent novels, A Week in Winter, Minding Frankie, Heart and Soul, and Whitethorn Woods, as well as Circle of Friends and Tara Road, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. Married to Gordon Snell, she lived in Dalkey, Ireland, until her death in July 2012.

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