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Chestnut Street
by Maeve Binchy

Published: 2014-04-22
Hardcover : 384 pages
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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, ...
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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. 

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  "Chestnut street"by Gaykirk (see profile) 05/05/17

We felt these were short storie someone put together just after her death to make money. Some of our members wished the stories would intertwine but they were all individual. Very interesting cross watch... (read more)

 
  "Chestnut Street"by sraelling (see profile) 05/04/17

As a reader, remember that this is a collection of vignettes (perhaps written simply as ideas for other books that she never used.) Sone of the stories are comical, others heartbreaking. It's not a book... (read more)

 
  "Chestnut street"by nevie (see profile) 03/10/17

I enjoyed the book. It was insightful.

 
  "Chestnut Street"by 2hoitash (see profile) 08/13/15

No continuity. Sophomoric in context.

 
  "Chestnut Street"by Diane4640 (see profile) 07/29/15

Really enjoyed "Minding Frankie" & "A Week in WInter". The change in genre to short stories is more challenging and was a nice change of pace. Some are quite endearing, others surprising, all enjoyable.... (read more)

 
  "Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy"by LanaK (see profile) 02/19/15

This book is a combination of 36 stories that Maeve Binchy had in her files prior to her death in July 2012. It's very interesting and each story would have made a wonderful novel but it didn't lend itself... (read more)

 
  "Lots of characters "by Kwizgiver (see profile) 09/13/14

We had fun talking about all the characters and their plights.

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