Maeve Binchy imagined a street in Dublin with many characters coming and going, and 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.
Across town from St. Jarlath’s Crescent, featured in 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. Some of the unforgettable characters lovingly brought to life by Binchy are Bucket Maguire, the window cleaner, who must do more than he bargained for to protect his son; Nessa Byrne, whose aunt visits from America every summer and turns the house—and Nessa’s world—upside down; Lilian, the generous girl with the big heart and a fiancé whom no one approves of; Melly, whose gossip about the neighbors helps Madame Magic, a self-styled fortune-teller, get everyone on the right track; Dolly, who discovers more about her perfect mother than she ever wanted to know; and Molly, who learns the cure for sleeplessness from her pen pal from Chicago . . .
Chestnut Street is written with the humor and understanding that are earmarks of Maeve Binchy’s extraordinary work and, once again, she warms our hearts with her storytelling.
About the Author
Maeve Binchy is the author of Maeve’s Times: In Her Own Words, and many bestselling novels, including A Week in Winter, Minding Frankie, Heart and Soul, Whitethorn Woods, Circle of Friends and Tara Road, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Married to Gordon Snell, she lived in Dalkey, Ireland, until her death in 2012.
Praise for Chestnut Street…
“Chestnut Street has everything that makes Binchy special, in small delicious bites.” —NPR
“Downright delightful. . . . Binchy eloquently exposes and explores relationships between parents and children, husbands and wives, longtime and recently acquired friends.” —The Boston Globe
“[The] prose is lyrical, carrying the reader along like a lullaby. . . . For Maeve Binchy fans, Chestnut Street is a gift bequeathed to the reader.” —USA Today
“Reflect[s] Binchy’s generous spirit and realism about human frailty, never ignoring it but always empathizing with its cause.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Maeve Binchy and the short story were a perfect match. . . . Witty. . . . Heartbreaking. . . . Remind[s] readers why Maeve Binchy was one of the most beloved writers this country has produced.” —The Irish Times
“Delightful. . . . Poignant. . . . The more you read, the more you want to read.” —BookPage
“[An] extraordinary look at ordinary people as they struggle with family relationships, romances gone awry, and the possibility for a better future. . . . One finds here insightful observations about human nature—all with Binchy’s thoughtful and loving touch that will be sorely missed.” —Publishers Weekly
"This set of previously unpublished linked short stories will warm the hearts of fans everywhere." —Library Journal
“Binchy was well-known for creating realistic characters who interact in ordinary ways, in ordinary places. . . . Her many fans are sure to line up to read this.” —Booklist