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Tara Road Paperback – May 29, 2007
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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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This book rips your heart out. The cast of characters involved in such immense betrayals nearly overwhelms you. There is nothing sacrosanct in this story of deceitful marriages and friendships. It brings to the table the changes in the 80s and 90s in Dublin and the problems of how common lying has become in their society and how it leads to so many social problems involving teenage pregnancies, illicit love affairs, drug addicted and alcoholic brutes and losers, etc.
Then there are the nosey neighbors and families that enable and foster the frank stupidity of the main cast of characters, Danny, Ria, Gertie, Barney and the rest. At times it felt like everyone had a bag on their head in denial. Ria's stupidity was clearly reflected in her stupid kid Brian's behavior. Someone should have stuffed a sock in his mouth everytime he opened it. Between her waterpot emotionality and her clinging dependency there was little room to like anything about her. Danny was a total loser and he still hadn't learned a thing at story's end. Nor had Barney. You could just imagine them rolling on to the next grift.
Some of the Irish cloistered societal mores described in this story are very unappealing to some of us more free wheeling American readers. I for one could never tolerate living in such a suffocating place where everyone lives in your pocket with their noses up your nevermind. That said, the story is brilliant even if it is just plain maddening at times.
I love Maeve Binchy and am sorry that she has retired now. She brings to the table a gift that is unlike any other writer that I have ever read. She is never vulgar or sexually explicit in her stories like Stephanie Laurens, Jane Feather or Nora Roberts among others, and she addresses that aspect of life in a very refined and realistic way.
Check out the Afro Celt Sound System CDs of Irish music. They bring you right to Ireland through lush original Irish music as clearly as Maeve Binchy does through her writing. Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant.