Sunday, May 18, 2014

ARE YOU LISTENING? CHESTNUT STREET: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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CHESTNUT STREET
BY MAEVE BINCHY

ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
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 numerous best-selling books, including her most recent novels, A Week in Winter, Minding Frankie, Heart and Soul, and Whitethorn Woods, as well as 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 July 2012.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY MAEVE BINCHY:

PRAISE FOR CHESTNUT STREET:
“Has everything that makes Binchy special, in small delicious bites; her ability to capture human nature, describe individual life arcs, and breathe life into characters and settings really shines in these stories. . . . Chestnut Street is fictional, but the characters are very real. It’s Binchy’s gift, this ability to tell stories through characters we recognize, can relate to, want to know. . . We believe in her world, and the people she populates it with. They may be very Irish, and often concern themselves with Irish issues—but at heart, the problems are human and universal.” —Bobbi Dumas, NPR

“Gives us one last 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

“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


“A posthumous collection of loosely linked stories from the much cherished Irish writer who died in 2012. . . . For Binchy aficionados, a late indulgence.” —Kirkus Reviews

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
The grand works of Maeve Binchey are something I have enjoyed over many years. With her death, I knew she would be missed by many including me. Then with delight, along came CHESTNUT STREET, a collection of 36 short stories centered around the inhabitants on a street in Dublin. The stories are told by characters, usually female, who you will immediately recognize as those only Maeve Binchey could create. Some are people readers will like and others not so much. However, each character is well developed thus providing character studies that will draw readers in and leave them wishing for longer stories when they conclude. The nice thing about a collection like this is that there is always another story waiting for you. When I did finish all of CHESTNUT STREET I then was forced to realize how there isn't more to read now...or ever, from Ms. Binchey. I at least have her other books to reread and enjoy whenever I am looking for an honest, well written story by an author many of us miss already.
GIVEAWAY

 THANKS TO RICHARD AND THE FINE FOLKS AT
RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO, I HAVE ONE COPY
OF THIS FINE AUDIO BOOK TO GIVE
  AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!
 
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+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT CHESTNUT STREET THAT WOULD MAKE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS AUDIO BOOK

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND LEAVE A LINK I CAN FOLLOW IN THE ENTRY

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING ON MAEVE BICHEY'S WEBSITE BY GOING HERE

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE OTHER CURRENT GIVEAWAY YOU HAVE ENTERED ON MY BLOG. IF YOU ENTERED MORE THAN ONE, YOU CAN COMMENT ON EACH ON SEPARATELY AND GAIN MORE ENTRIES THAT WAY 

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GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
 6 PM, EST, MAY 30
GOOD LUCK!

74 comments:

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Since this is her last book, I would really like to read all the short stories.
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I am so happy that you have this giveaway! I was looking for a book to read in a bookstore and my husband picked "A Circle of Friens". He sais this looks like something that you would like! I loved it and we later went to the movie. (He is not a reader unless it is in Chinese characters. I am slowly reading myself through her books so I would love to win this one.

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Linda Kish said...

This sounds like the perfect last book for her. I do I like short stories. I feel like I would be getting to know my neighbors.

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In reading 'About Maeve' she sounds like she had a wonderful life.

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Becky said...

I totally enjoyed her other books that were written as short stories. I just finished listening to A Week In the Woods. Waiting for this one from my public library. Thank you for featuring this one!

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It would be fun to get the chance to enjoy some more Irish stories by Binchy. Thanks!
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Sue Farrell said...

I have always enjoyed Binchy's writing and short stories are just perfect for fitting a little big of enjoyment into a busy day.
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Patricia said...

I love that these stories take place all on the same street.

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