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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 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.
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From Publishers Weekly
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Well written, but feels more like a series of short stories than a novel. Wish there were threads connecting the characters.
Too many characters!
By the time you get interested in each character she goes on to the next one leaving you totally unsatisfied with each one. It would have been much better if she had expanded on about half as many! She is a great writer but this book leaves you with too many unfinished stories!
How was this woman able, year after year, book after book, to find so many interesting strong and/or weak people to live in our hearts. What talent the Irish exhibit author after author and Maeve Binchy stops my list.