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The gimmicky stories in this anthology of Irish chick lit address familiar female concerns: struggles with money, food, sex and relationships. In Martina Devlin's "At Least There'll Be Diamonds," the superficial protagonist is so desperate to marry for money that she weds another woman—even though she's straight. Kathy Reynolds, the financially strapped heroine of Patricia Scanlan's "Facades," learns to value the other riches in her happily married life when she sees the pain of her wealthy but lonely friend, Mari. Morag Prunty's "Spinning Sugar" depicts the relationship between a curmudgeonly male pastry chef and his gluttonous, overweight best customer. He teaches her to savor her food, and she learns to eat for quality as opposed to quantity. These stories turn on trick endings and always impart a lesson, but too often the moral leaves the heroine put meekly in her place. A notable exception to the chastened-heroine formula is Clare Dowling's "Deep Throat," which centers on housewives empowered by pornography. Though these light stories often entertain, readers looking for complex portraits of strong, independent women may be disappointed by this collection. (Mar.)
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About the Author

Patricia Scanlan was born in Dublin, where she still lives. Some of her bestsellers include Apartment 3B; Finishing Touches; Foreign Affairs; Promises, Promises; Mirror, Mirror; City Girl; City Woman; City Lives; Francesca's Party; Two for Joy; Double Wedding; Divided Loyalties; Forgive and Forget; and Winter Blessings, a collection of quotes, blessings, poems, and reminiscences. Patricia is the series editor and a contributing author to the Open Door series. She also teaches creative writing to second-level students and is involved in adult literacy. Find out more by visiting Patricia’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/PatriciaScanlanAuthor.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original ed. edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743499263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743499262
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,767,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gloria Marino on December 15, 2005
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Found few good short stories but overall, I was disappointed by the majority of authors. Wouldn't recommend it.
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The fourth edition of this annual anthology that raises money for charity is surprisingly different in tone than the previous "Girls in Town" collections as these contributions are much darker than the previous Irish, American and Scottish romps. The tales are for the most part well written though some chick lit quirky twists in a few stories seem out of place. Overall the contributions appear more realistic yet paradoxically in many cases the lead male comes across acrimoniously nasty hiding behind the veneer of keeping women safe from themselves. Not for everyone, generally IRISH GIRLS ARE BACK IN TOWN is a solid at times amusing but also at other moments cynically depressing look at relationships in which misery loves miserable company as seen by nineteen female Irish authors including strong entries by Patricia Scanlan, Cecilia Ahern and especially Clare Dowling.

Harriet Klausner
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I liked the first book so much better compared to this one. These stories started off being good but towards the middle to end I couldn't get through any of them. They weren't "feel good" stories like the first book. It's much different than the other chick lit short story anthologies out there.
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This was a high school reading requirement for my daughter; however, she had borrowed this book from the teacher and was required to return it. Now this book is in her collection of books she enjoys reading.
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It only has a short story from Cecelia Ahern in it but the other stories were good also. I would recommend it to everyone who likes her writing,
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