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Quentins Mass Market Paperback – August 26, 2003
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About the Author
Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined The Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982, and she went on to write more than twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for film and television, most notably Circle of Friends and Tara Road, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She was married to writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for thirty-five years. She passed away in 2012 at the age of seventy-two.
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As a documentary about the restaurant is planned, we are shown insight into the lives of both the patrons and the restaurant staff.
As with many of Binchy’s novels, characters from Dublin and the Irish countryside alike appear in Quentins. With a satisfying ending, Binchy’s novel is a read-again favorite.
I also struggled with the timeline in this book. It reads to me as if quentins, Colms restaurant, and Scarlett feather all started at the same time, when in fact quentins was supposed to be a long established restaurant by the time the other businesses start. If I hadn’t read any of her other books I would have thought this book covered a few years of the Brennan’s life when in fact in must cover 20 years or more! Nora and Brenda are the same age, 20 something, when Brenda gets together with Patrick and starts quentins, and Nora leaves for Italy. Then in this book it seems like a few years and Nora is back from Italy but now she’s in her 50’s! And Patrick’s brother has a baby as they are just starting quentins but he’s still a baby at the end of the book.
I still enjoyed some of this book but it is far from my favorite. I think the tiny glimpses into past characters is the only reason I kept reading it.
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I've read Maeve Binchy on one or two occasions before and thought they were quite enjoyable books, but didn't feel that inclined to read another. However, Quentins was chosen as a book group read and I'm glad I read it. It's very gentle and quite old-fashioned, but it swept me along with it and I found it to be an easy story to read which left me with a sense of satisfaction at the ending.
Enjoyed it the second
And years later having downloaded jt on my Amazon Fire,
And even though I knew the ending, I still couldn't put it down.
Maeve Binchey at her finest