Chestnut Street

Chestnut Street

Book - 2014
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"Just round the corner from St Jarlath's Crescent...is Chestnut Street. Here, the lives of the residents are revealed in Maeve Binchy's wonderful collection of stories: Bucket Maguire, the window cleaner, who must do more than he bargained for to protect his son. Nessa Byrne, whose aunt comes to visit from America for six weeks every summer and turns the house - and Nessa's world - upside down. Lilian, the generous girl with a big heart, and the fiance not everyone approves of. And Melly, whose gossip about the neighbours leads to trouble in the form of the fortune teller, 'Madame Magic'."--
Publisher: London : Orion Books, c2014
ISBN: 9781409151784
9781409151814
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Snell, Gordon

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matcat44
Mar 15, 2016

Unfortunately I didn't realize it was a collection of short stories. I kept waiting to see what happened to the characters, but they never returned. For me that was unsatisfactory.

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sheros
Apr 28, 2015

I didn't think I liked reading Maeve Binchy's books b/c I read one when I was too young to enjoy her insight into people and into people's lives and decisions. I'm glad I gave her another chance, now that I don't need great adventures and excitement in the stories I like. So if you tried once and weren't won over, try again. This is a great collection.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This novel was compiled after Maeve Binchy's death. It was a collection of short stories all having a connection to Chestnut Street. An excellent read for the fans of Maeve Binchy."

rowanquincy Jul 11, 2014

Didn't want this book to end. A lovely set of short stories.

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kyddo
Jun 21, 2014

I wanted to take my time with this seeing as it is Maeve's last ever book. Unfortunately, I couldn't put it down. It is written in her typical manner of short stories that are revolved around something impartical. In this case, a street named Chestnut. It was bittersweet to read the last page. If you are a fan of Maeve's, you will enjoy this novel, and if you have never read one of her books, shame on you and get busy :)

LaughingOne Jun 08, 2014

This collection of short stories is about people who live and work on Chestnut Street. Characters from one story appear in another and another. Binchy is very good at showing us what's behind the facade a person presents to the world. Her stories don't always have happy endings, and I appreciate that. I am sorry that this is likely the last writing of Maeve Binchy (unless other manuscripts are found). I'll miss her and her words.

madison382 Jun 01, 2014

These short stories were really good.
Ms. Binchy made Chestnut Street and the characters that live there seem so real, and as usual there is always something to learn from her stories.

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jazpur
May 23, 2014

Lovely is the word. Maeve Binchey knows people, particularly Irish people.I don't like short stories but this compilation has more going for it with the link formed by the street, its location and the people who live there.It's a good book for dipping.

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