Evening Class (Audio Cassette)

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Description


Dreaming of Italy, eager to learn the language, a disparate group of Dubliners comes together for an introductory Italian course held in a drab classroom every Tuesday and Thursday evening. The teacher, Aidan Dunne, has hit an all-time low in both his career and family life, and so his self-image is hinging on the success of this class.

The students are a varied cast of characters: there's Signora, so smitten with love that she followed the man she adored to a distant country, waiting twenty-three years for him; Laddy, the hotel porter; and Hilary, the society hostess, who has an oddly empty calendar.

Each student has a private reason for wanting to learn Italian. Bill Burke, a young bank clerk, wants to be considered for an international banking job, but is secretly hoping that now his spendthrift girlfriend Lizzie will have fewer opportunities to waste their money if she's busy attending an evening class. Then there's Suzy Sullivan, who can't figure out why her husband Lou wants to pick up Italian because he hasn't learned anything since he mastered reading and writing; there must be some catch, she figures. Kathy Clarke works much too hard and so she decides to join the class in an attempt to relax, but through the people she meets she learns a secret about her own family that transforms both her future and her past.

As the classes progress, we learn about each of the participants, watching their relationships grow throughout the year and culminating in a magical viaggio to Italy. This evocative tale shimmers with the story-telling artistry that makes Maeve Binchy an international bestseller.

About the Author


Maeve Binchy is the bestselling author of 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. She has written two plays and a teleplay that won three awards at the Prague Film Festival. A writer for The Irish Times since 1969, she lives with her husband, writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell, in London and Dublin.


From the Paperback edition.

Praise for Evening Class…


"Charming...engrossing...unforgettable."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Good storytelling . . . Binchy deftly focuses on each character in turn, probing the hidden dramas of their lives."
--Chicago Tribune

"Reading one of Maeve Binchy's novels is like coming home."
--The Washington Post

A Main Selection of the Literary Guild and the  Doubleday Book Club


From the Paperback edition.

Product Details ISBN-10: 055347765X
ISBN-13: 9780553477658
Abridged
Published: Random House Audio, 02/10/1997
Language: English


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