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Circle of Friends

A Novel

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It began with Benny Hogan and Eve Malone, growing up, inseparable, in the village of Knockglen. Benny—the only child, yearning to break free from her adoring parents...Eve—the orphaned offspring of a convent handyman and a rebellious blueblood, abandoned by her mother's wealthy family to be raised by nuns. Eve and Benny—they knew the sins and secrets behind every villager's lace curtains...except their own.

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.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 30, 1991 – Loyal friends Benny and Eve, young women who grew up together in an Irish village, find their relationship tested by the new friendships, romances and opportunities that develop at a Dublin university. According to PW , Binchy's characters have ``a colorful way with words, and if the prose is sometimes careless, this is still Irish storytelling at its contemporary best.''

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Loved this book!

This book leaves me wanting more! I love the way she writes! Her characters are so believable, it's easy to love or hate them. Thank you for a job well done!

Adore this Book need the movie

I adore this book, when I read this book in the 9th grade in the hieght of heroin starvation look, I felt just like the main Character Benny, slightly chuby with wild curls that defied any attempt to contain the fluff. The feeling of being 2nd best to your prettier popular friend, and never deserving the attention of others. Benny's choices, her independece and desire to become something more than just what was expected of her was inspirational to me at that age. i Tunes when are you going to have the audio book available? Or for that matter the movie which was great and only marginaly different from the book. But in the end Benny's spirit and courage is the most amazing part of this book.


It's the person you know who tells long drawn out stories. You listen patiently wait for the point only to find out that there isn't one. And there are many characters to sort through but if you can't remember them, don't worry, there is no closure with any of them after over 700 pages.

Circle of Friends
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jul 10, 1990
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 608 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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