In this extraordinary collection of stories, the New York Times-bestselling author of Evening Class and This Year It Will Be Different once again reveals her incomparable understanding of matters of the heart. In The Return Journey, Maeve Binchy brings us sons and lovers, daughters and strangers, husbands and wives in their infinite variety--powerfully compelling stories of love, loss, revelation, and reconciliation.
A secretary's silent passion for her boss meets the acid test on a business trip....A man and a woman's mutual disdain at first sight shows how deceptive appearances can be....An insecure wife clings to the illusion of order, only to discover chaos at the hands of a house sitter who opens the wrong doors....A pair of star-crossed travelers take each other's bags, and then learn that when you unlock a stranger's suitcase, you enter a stranger's life. In their company are many more, whose poignant, ironic, often humorous stories--unforgettable slices of life--make up The Return Journey, a spellbinding trip into the human heart.
Maeve Binchy was born and educated in Dublin. She is the author of the bestselling books Evening Class, This Year It Will Be Different, The Glass Lake, The Copper Beech, The Lilac Bus, Circle of Friends, Silver Wedding, Firefly Summer, Echoes, Light a Penny Candle, and London Transports, three volumes of short stories, 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, Gordon Snell, in Dublin.
About the Author
Maeve Binchy (1940 2012) was the author of numerous bestselling books, including "Minding Frankie", " Heart and Soul", "Whitethorn Woods", and "Circle of Friends", as well as" Tara Road", which was an Oprah s Book Club selection. She contributed to "Gourmet"; "O, The Oprah Magazine"; "Modern Maturity"; and "Good Housekeeping", among other publications. Married to Gordon Snell, she lived in Dalkey, Ireland, until her death in July 2012 at the age of seventy-two, shortly after finishing "A Week in Winter".
"Maeve Binchy makes you laugh, cry and care.... Her characters throb with life."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Maeve Binchy is a grand storyteller in the finest Irish tradition--she writes from the heart."
--The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
"Maeve Binchy is a master storyteller."
--The New York Times
From the Paperback edition.