- Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (May 29, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385341814
- ISBN-13: 978-0385341813
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 668 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Her best work yet...Tara Road is like a total immersion in a colorful new world, where the last page comes too soon."—Seattle Times
"An irresistible tale."—Elle
"Engrossing."—Wall Street Journal
"A tender novel of the pleasures and pitfalls of friendship, Tara Road is an ultramodern
love story for women, about women, between women that is sure to delight."—Newsday
"Difficult to put down!"—Denver Post
"One of Binchy's best."—Kirkus Reviews
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About the Author
Maeve Binchy was born and educated in Dublin. She is the bestselling author of The Return Journey, Evening Class, This Year It Will Be Different, and The Glass Lakes. She has written two plays and a teleplay that won three awards at the Prague Film Festival. She has been writing for The Irish Times since 1969 and lives with her husband, writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell, in Dublin.
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Until her daughter reaches the age of 14, then things take a downturn for Ria. The daughter suddenly turns into a terrible, irritating caricature of a spoiled teenage princess. Her son (age 9) is a comic-relief goofball who always says the wrong thing at the wrong time (kind of funny actually). Her handsome, successful husband stays handsome but less successful and turns out to be not so faithful. Anyways, a lady calls from America and they decide to swap houses for a summer. Ria and the lady both confront personal issues during their times in each others homes and grow emotionally. By the end, the good people are rewarded with success, and the bad people have suffered losses. All is well in Ireland.
The plot is meandering and so is the story-telling, but it is an enjoyable Binchy novel. The beauty of her novels is that they go nowhere fast but are entertaining and a good distraction for the mind. She has a cozy, gossipy writing style that I enjoy. Many of the characters are not fully developed, and are defined by one dominating characteristic (abused Gertie, Ruthless Rosemary, slutty Kitty, etc). If you like Binchy, you will probably like this novel and it is worth reading.
A nice, fun read, though rather long. If you enjoy romance and intrigue, take a trip to Tara Road, you won't regret it.