The Resource Chestnut Street, Maeve Binchy

Chestnut Street, Maeve Binchy

Label
Chestnut Street
Title
Chestnut Street
Statement of responsibility
Maeve Binchy
Title variation
Chestnut St
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"While she was writing columns for The Irish Times and her best-selling novels, Maeve Binchy also had in mind to write a book that revolved around one street with many characters coming and going. Every once in a while, she would write about one of these people. She would then put it in a drawer. "For the future," she would say. The future is now. Just around the corner from St. Jarlath's Crescent (which readers will recognize from Minding Frankie) is Chestnut Street, where neighbors come and go. Behind their closed doors we encounter very different people with different life circumstances, occupations, and sensibilities. Written with the humor and understanding that are earmarks of Maeve Binchy's work, it is a pleasure to be part of this world with all of its joys and sorrows, to get to know the good and the bad, and ultimately to have our hearts warmed by her storytelling"--
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Review
  • This posthumously published collection of stories revolving around an imaginary street in Dublin was written by Binchy (A Week in Winter ) over a period of decades, and approved by her husband, writer Gordon Snell. The earlier stories are more developed than some of the later tales, but overall, the author gives us one last extraordinary look at ordinary people as they struggle with family relationships, romances gone awry, and the possibility for a better future. Standouts include the first story, “Dolly’s Mother,” in which a shy, unassuming teenager copes with having a kind, charismatic mother who is more popular than she is, and—as is revealed—might not be as perfect as everyone thinks. In “It’s Only A Day,” Binchy fondly portrays the transformation of three childhood friends into adults, using the lens of their disparate views on romance, as old-fashioned values find a place in their modern worlds. The book is filled with vignettes in which dissatisfied husbands leave their wives, but find their new lives wanting; disparate people find common ground, and even romance; and holding one’s tongue leads to the best way to make relationships thrive. While some entries come off more as character studies than actual stories, one finds here insightful observations about human nature—all with Binchy’s thoughtful and loving touch that will be sorely missed. (May) --Staff (Reviewed February 24, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 08, p)
  • A daughter jealous of her beautiful mother, an estranged and sickly uncle, a teacher tired of solving everyone else's problems, and three women who take a leap of faith by moving in with one another are only a few of the residents of Chestnut Street. This posthumous publication (the author died in 2012) offers a series of vignettes that celebrate the triumphs and sorrows that take place on a modest residential Dublin street. Although this book contains Binchy's trademark writing style, it suffers from an unfortunate lack of substance. Many of the scenes feel incomplete, with Chestnut Street serving as a tenuous link among tales that don't even take place simultaneously. With little to tie the narratives together and a lack of consistency with the characters, it is difficult to develop emotional attachment to any of the street's residents. VERDICT Some readers will be happy to have one more volume from the popular Binchy, but those looking for another Quentins or Tara Road will undoubtedly be disappointed. [See Prepub Alert, 11/15/13.]— Vicki Briner, Westminster, CO --Vicki Briner (Reviewed March 15, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 5, p108)
  • A variable, posthumous collection of loosely linked short stories from the much cherished Irish writer who died in 2012. Thirty-six tales of differing length, predictability and quality, generally focused on female characters—wives and mothers, partners, singletons, daughters and friends—make up this late addition to the Binchy oeuvre and explore domestic problems ranging from cranky relatives and problem children to unexpected attractions, and, most often, insensitive and/or faithless men. Binchy's wise insights and wicked humor are visible now and then, for example in the cheerily sparring dialogue of "Fay's New Uncle" and the teacher looking for mischief in "A Problem of My Own," but too often there's a sense of datedness, superficiality or simple fairy tale. Homilies are delivered often: about freedom in "Liberty Green," about finding a real father figure in "A Card for Father's Day," about being over-organized in "Flowers from Grace." Nevertheless, the author's compassion extends widely, notably to the many cheated-upon wives, girlfriends and children, as in "Taxi Men Are Invisible," when a driver finds himself observing an affair, or "Reasonable Access," which views divorce from the confused child's point of view, or "The Gift of Dignity," one of the few longer, more emotionally complex stories, which contemplates, from a friend's perspective, a silent wife's possible collusion in her husband's adultery. Chestnut Street itself, a semicircle of 30 small houses in Dublin, plays a minor but constant role, as safe harbor to the nurse, the window cleaner, the couples, families and loners and, in "Madame Magic"—a typically tidy offering—a substitute fortuneteller who turns Melly's empty house into a busy home. For Binchy aficionados, a late indulgence; for others, slim pickings.(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2014)
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10300490
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1940-2012
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Binchy, Maeve
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
PR6052.I7728
LC item number
C47 2014
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Families
  • Family life
  • Fathers and sons
  • Gossip
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Pen pals
  • City and town life
  • Neighbors
  • Families
Label
Chestnut Street, Maeve Binchy
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"This is Borzoi book"--Title page verso
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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Contents
Dolly's mother -- It's only a day -- Fay's new uncle -- A problem of my own -- All that matters -- Joyce and the blind date -- Liberty green -- The cure for sleepnessness -- Miss ranger's reward -- Decision in Dublin -- The wrong caption -- Star Sullivan -- Taxi men are invisible -- A card for Father's Day -- The gift of dignity -- The investment -- The leap of faith -- Lilian's hair -- Flowers from Grace -- The builders -- Bucket Maguire -- The older man -- Philip and the flower arrangers -- Reasonable access -- By the time we get to Clifden -- The women who righted wrongs -- The sighting -- The lottery of the birds -- Madame Magic -- Say nothing -- Eager to please -- Seeing things clearly -- Fair exchange -- The window box -- Finn's future -- One night a year
Control code
ocn849198860
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
367 pages
Isbn
9780385351867
Lccn
2013041009
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780385351850
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)849198860
Label
Chestnut Street, Maeve Binchy
Publication
Note
"This is Borzoi book"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Dolly's mother -- It's only a day -- Fay's new uncle -- A problem of my own -- All that matters -- Joyce and the blind date -- Liberty green -- The cure for sleepnessness -- Miss ranger's reward -- Decision in Dublin -- The wrong caption -- Star Sullivan -- Taxi men are invisible -- A card for Father's Day -- The gift of dignity -- The investment -- The leap of faith -- Lilian's hair -- Flowers from Grace -- The builders -- Bucket Maguire -- The older man -- Philip and the flower arrangers -- Reasonable access -- By the time we get to Clifden -- The women who righted wrongs -- The sighting -- The lottery of the birds -- Madame Magic -- Say nothing -- Eager to please -- Seeing things clearly -- Fair exchange -- The window box -- Finn's future -- One night a year
Control code
ocn849198860
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
367 pages
Isbn
9780385351867
Lccn
2013041009
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780385351850
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)849198860

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