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Tara Road
by Maeve Binchy

Published: 2007-09-04
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New York Times bestselling author Maeve Binchy has captured the hearts of millions with her unforgettable novels. Binchy's graceful storytelling and wise compassion have earned her the devotion of fans worldwide--and made her one of the most ...
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A Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club

New York Times bestselling author Maeve Binchy has captured the hearts of millions with her unforgettable novels. Binchy's graceful storytelling and wise compassion have earned her the devotion of fans worldwide--and made her one of the most beloved authors of our time. Now she dazzles us once again with a new novel filled with her signature warmth, humor, and tender insight. A provocative tale of family heartbreak, friendship, and revelation,Tara Road explores every woman's fantasy: escape, into another place, another life. "What if..." Binchy asks, and answers in her most astonishing novel to date.


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Editorial Review

Oprah Book Club® Selection, September 1999: Against all odds, two newlyweds manage to buy the house of their dreams. In 1982, property speculation is beginning to be a big, big thing in Dublin--and their street is very much in an up-and-coming part of town. "They laughed and hugged each other. Danny Lynch from the broken-down cottage in the back of beyond and Ria Johnson from the corner house in the big, shabby estate were not only living like gentry in a big Tara Road mansion, they were actually debating what style of dining table to buy." But for its various inhabitants, the street is to become a boulevard of dreams--some broken, others created anew. Maeve Binchy has long proved herself a secure hand at multiple story lines, and over the course of 500 satisfying pages she focuses on Ria; her best friend, Rosemary Ryan, a beautiful, endlessly selfish career woman; Gertie, the battered wife of a drunkard; and several other intriguing women, each of whom has secrets not to be shared. There is even an all-knowing fortune teller who early on hints that Ria will travel and start a successful business--two things she knows are definitely not in the offing.

Yet after our supposedly happy housewife and mother of two is confronted by some inexorable home truths, a chance phone call from America will change her life, forcing her to discard her illusions about men, women, and marriage and start all over again. At the same time, the Connecticut caller, Marilyn Vine, has her own lessons to learn when she and Ria swap houses for the summer. Yet there's nothing remotely preachy about this novel--even the bad guys (and yes, they're usually guys) and beautiful mistresses get to maintain some appeal. Instead, Tara Road is a stirring look at the reality behind our consuming fantasies, and a page-turner to boot. --Siobhan Carson

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by [email protected] (see profile) 11/03/19

We gave this a B- despite the fact that many of us LOVED this book when we first read it many years ago. It didn’t hold up.

 
  "Slow start"by hepmom (see profile) 07/10/08

I took a while to really warm up to the book, but at about the half way point I had a hard time putting it down.

 
  "Good book, a slow start, otherwise a great story."by courtneyfletcher (see profile) 06/30/08

 
  "Starts slow but worth the read"by ReneeF (see profile) 06/04/08

This book starts very slow but believe me it is worth it. What an amazing story. I want a part 2.

 
  "Very good book! Starts off slow but picks up to be great!"by princesssparkle30 (see profile) 06/04/08

One of my new favorite authors!

 
  "A book whcih describles two families in conflict"by darkim9 (see profile) 05/25/08

The book followed one woman and 1/2 way in added another family. I did not care about the second family as much as the 1st one. I was compelled to follow the women and then it jsut ended. I wish there... (read more)

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