This edition of Maeve Binchy's The Copper Beech was especially created in 2000 for Book-of-the-Month Club by arrangement with the Bantam Dell Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. The first edition of this book was published in October 1992 by Delacorte Press.
|| PRAISE FOR MAEVE BINCHY ||
"A book with a difference...you'll take it home to lend to your best friend, and what best friend wouldn't welcome the new Maeve Binchy?" -- The New York Times Book Review
"The Copper Beech finds author Maeve Binchy at her Irish storytelling best!" -- Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Binchy makes you laugh, cry, and care. Her warmth and sympathy render the daily struggles of ordinary people heroic and turn storytelling into art." -- San Francisco Chronicle
"The Copper Beech is as soothing as a cup of tea." -- People
Hardcover: 345 pages
Publisher: Bantam Dell/Book-of-the-Month Club
Genre: Literature & Fiction > British & Irish > Contemporary
Condition: New (images are of actual book)
Edition Notes: BOMC Edition
|| SYNOPSIS || Carved on the trunk of the mighty copper beech that embraces the school yard in Shancarrig are declarations of love, hope, and identity -- the youthful dreams of the children who played there. Now grown, yet shaped by their years in the schoolhouse, they lead different lives. The Copper Beech is about eight of these dreamers.
From Ryan's Hotel to Barna Woods, where the gypsies came each year, from Nellie Dunne's sweet shop to Father Gunn's church, the tenor of life in this small Irish village is outwardly placid and uneventful. Some, like Nessa Ryan, in search of passion, would say deadly dull. But behind the calm exterior, serenity fades into unexpected drama: Maddy Ross has a secret love; Eddie Barton, a surprising friendship; and the Darcys, the glamorous newcomers, find a curious partner in poor Maura Brennan.
In Shancarrig, where the river runs around the great rock for which the town is named, human life flows in all its variety. Lives intertwine just as names crisscross on the trunk of the copper beech. At the cottages where the Dunnes live in poverty; the grand house of Leo Murphy; the Kellys', near the school; Dr. Jims's, on The Terrace -- nothing is as it seems. With humor, warmth, and the ruthless eye for the ironies of self-delusion, Maeve Binchy uncovers the secrets hidden in each person's heart, showing us that extraordinary stories can be found anywhere, if only one knows where to look.
|| ABOUT THE AUTHOR || Maeve Binchy was born and educated in Dublin. She is the author of thirteen books including Tara Road, The Copper Beech, The Lilac Bus, Circle of Friends, Echoes, and Light a Penny Candle, and has been writing for The Irish Times since 1969. Binchy and her husband, Gordon Snell, live in Dublin and London.
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