Tara Road (Oprah's Book Club)

by Maeve Binchy | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0440235596 Global Overview for this book
Registered by lisabb2 of Grimes, Iowa USA on 3/24/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by lisabb2 from Grimes, Iowa USA on Friday, March 24, 2006
Another good book by Maeve Binchy!!! She never disappoints!!!

From Amazon.com: 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.

Journal Entry 2 by lisabb2 at Panera Bread - 2839 86th Street in Urbandale, Iowa USA on Sunday, June 25, 2006

Released 16 yrs ago (6/25/2006 UTC) at Panera Bread - 2839 86th Street in Urbandale, Iowa USA

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I left in the bookcrossing basket by the couch!!! Enjoy!!!

Journal Entry 3 by iagal on Friday, June 30, 2006
Picked it up after dinner at Panera Breads. Looks like it's one of Lisa's. =) Will read and release.

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