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Tara Road
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Tara Road
A Novel
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A tender novel of the pleasures and pitfalls of friendship Tara Road is an ultramodern love story for women, about women, between women that is sure to delight.”—Newsday
New York Times bestselling author Maeve Binchy has captured the hearts of millions with her unforgettable novels. Binchy's graceful storytelling and wise compassion have earned her the devotion of fans worldwide—and made her one of the most beloved authors of our time. Now she dazzles us once again with a new novel filled with her signature warmth, humor, and tender insight. A provocative tale of family heartbreak, friendship, and revelation, Tara Road explores every woman's fantasy: escape, into another place, another life. "What if . . ." Binchy asks, and answers in her most astonishing novel to date.
Praise for Tara Road
“Her best work yet . . . Tara Road is like a total immersion in a colorful new world, where the last page comes too soon.”Seattle Times 
“An irresistible tale.”Elle
“Engrossing.”Wall Street Journal
“Difficult to put down!”Denver Post
“One of Binchy's best.”Kirkus Reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A tender novel of the pleasures and pitfalls of friendship Tara Road is an ultramodern love story for women, about women, between women that is sure to delight.”—Newsday
New York Times bestselling author Maeve Binchy has captured the hearts of millions with her unforgettable novels. Binchy's graceful storytelling and wise compassion have earned her the devotion of fans worldwide—and made her one of the most beloved authors of our time. Now she dazzles us once again with a new novel filled with her signature warmth, humor, and tender insight. A provocative tale of family heartbreak, friendship, and revelation, Tara Road explores every woman's fantasy: escape, into another place, another life. "What if . . ." Binchy asks, and answers in her most astonishing novel to date.
Praise for Tara Road
“Her best work yet . . . Tara Road is like a total immersion in a colorful new world, where the last page comes too soon.”Seattle Times 
“An irresistible tale.”Elle
“Engrossing.”Wall Street Journal
“Difficult to put down!”Denver Post
“One of Binchy's best.”Kirkus Reviews
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  • Chapter One Ria's mother had always been very fond of film stars. It was a matter of sadness to her that Clark Gable had died on the day Ria was born. Tyrone Power had died on the day Hilary had been born just two years earlier. But somehow that wasn't as bad. Hilary hadn't seen off the great king of cinema as Ria had. Ria could never see Gone With the Wind without feeling somehow guilty.

    She told this to Ken Murray, the first boy who kissed her. She told him in the cinema. Just as he was kissing her, in fact.

    "You're very boring," he said, trying to open her blouse.

    "I'm not boring," Ria cried with some spirit. "Clark Gable is there on the screen and I've told you something interesting. A coincidence. It's not boring."

    Ken Murray was embarrassed, as so much attention had been called to them. People were shushing them and others were laughing. Ken moved away and huddled down in his seat as if he didn't want to be seen with her.

    Ria could have kicked herself. She was almost sixteen. Everyone at school liked kissing, or said they did. Now she was starting to do it and she had made such a mess of it. She reached out her hand for him.

    "I thought you wanted to look at the film," he muttered.

    "I thought you wanted to put your arm around me," Ria said hopefully.

    He took out a bag of toffees and ate one. Without even passing her the bag. The romantic bit was over.


    Sometimes you could talk to Hilary, Ria had noticed. This wasn't one of those nights.

    "Should you not talk when people kiss you?" she asked her sister.

    "Jesus, Mary, and Holy St. Joseph," said Hilary, who was getting dressed to go out.

    "I just asked," Ria said. "You'd know, with all your experience with fellows."

    Hilary looked around nervously in case anyone had heard. "Will you shut upabout my experience with fellows," she hissed. "Mam will hear you and that will be the end of either of us going anywhere ever again."

    Their mother had warned them many times that she was not going to stand for any cheap behavior in the family. A widow woman left with two daughters had enough to worry her without thinking that her girls were tramps and would never get a husband. She would die happy if Hilary and Ria had nice respectable men and homes of their own. Nice homes, in a classier part of Dublin, places with a garden even. Nora Johnson had great hopes that they would all be able to move a little upward. Somewhere nicer than the big, sprawling housing estate where they lived now. And the way to find a good man was not by flaunting yourself at every man that came along.

    "Sorry, Hilary." Ria looked contrite. "But anyway she didn't hear, she's watching TV."

    Their mother did little else during an evening. She was tired, she said, when she got back from the dry cleaners where she worked at the counter. All day on your feet, it was nice to sit down and get transported to another world. Mam wouldn't have heard anything untoward from upstairs about experience with fellows.

    Hilary forgave her—after all she needed Ria to help her tonight. Mam had a system that as soon as Hilary got in she was to leave her handbag on the landing floor. That way when Mam got up to go to the bathroom in the night she'd know Hilary was home and would go to sleep happily. Sometimes it was Ria's job to leave the handbag out there at midnight, allowing Hilary to creep in at any hour, having taken only her keys and lipstick in her pocket.

    "Who'll do it for me when the time comes?" Ria wondered.

    "You won't need it if you're going to be blabbing and yattering on to fellows when they...
About the Author-
  • Maeve Binchy was born in a small village outside Dublin. She spent her childhood in Dalkey, an experience she draws on today when creating the rural villages usually at the heart of her novels. After receiving her B.A. from University College in Dublin, she began working as a teacher. The experiences she had while teaching at a Jewish school and on vacation in Israel compelled her to find work on a kibbutz. While abroad in Israel, she wrote weekly letters to her father describing life in a country constantly on the brink of war. When Binchy's father sent one of her letters to The Irish Times where it was published and earned her £18, Binchy, who had been making £16 working at the school, thought that she had truly "arrived."
    Since these humble beginnings, Binchy's success has been astounding. She has written four volumes of short stories titled This Year It Will Be Different, The Return Journey, The Lilac Bus, and London Transports, two plays and a teleplay that won three awards at the Prague Film Festival, but she is perhaps most famous for her bestselling novels Evening Class, The Glass Lake, The Copper Beech, Circle of Friends, Silver Wedding, Firefly Summer, Echoes, and Light a Penny Candle, which have been celebrated on many continents. Movie audiences everywhere adored the film version of Circle of Friends, produced by Savoy Pictures and which starred Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnell.
    Maeve Binchy lives with her husband, Gordon Snell, in Dublin.
Reviews-
  • The Seattle Times "Her best work yet...Tara Road is like a total immersion in a colorful new world, where the last page comes too soon."
  • Elle "Engrossing."
  • The Wall Street Journal "A tender novel of the pleasures and pitfalls of friendship, Tara Road is an ultramodern
    love story for women, about women, between women that is sure to delight."
  • Newsday "Difficult to put down!"
  • The Denver Post "One of Binchy's best."
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