In this collection of short stories that Maeve Binchy wrote over decades, the reader is transported to Chestnut Street in Dublin. We meet solitary Mr. O'Brien (who lives alone for years until his niece Fay moves in) and Bucket Maguire, blind to his son Eddie's faults--even though Bucket's neighbors see Eddie's true colors. There are also Cissy, Martin, Josie, and Louis, who become confidantes after spending one New Year's Eve together. Binchy explores love and loss in her usual cozy style, although the stories were too short for me to be truly satisfying. I prefer collections like The Lilac Bus, which explores characters' lives with more depth. Chestnut Street will be published in April.
I'm a librarian with a background in Reader's Advisory who left librarianship for domestic...uh...bliss.
From 1992-2003 I worked at the Downers Grove (IL) Public Library. I served on YALSA's Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (1998-2000, chair 2000) and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2001-2003, chair 2002). I wrote the article "Zap! Woosh! Kerplow! Build High Quality Graphic Novel Collections With Impact" (School Library Journal, January 1997). I am a substitute Reference Librarian at the Indian Prairie Public Library.