Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A Great Read

"Whitethorn Woods" by Maeve Binchy

I really like Maeve Binchy. Her characters are always so engaging and her vignette style of crafting her stories always leaves me wanting to know more about the people that she has intertwined in her tales.

"When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer"

As the story opens, young Father Flynn is the first character that we meet. Although he is trying to stay neutral about the issue at hand, the location of a local "holy place" - St. Anne's well - is smack dab in the middle of the controversial project. It has him questioning the relevance of his church in today's secular society when people would be so quick to turn to this "holy shrine of dubious origin" asking the mother of the Virgin Mary to interceed in any variety of issues.

And people have been coming to the well from all over the world for generations - so we meet some of them - some who never get to the well and some, like sweet Neddy Nolan, who sees the well as a place that must be protected at all costs.

So, as always, Ms. Binchey provides an entertaining look at modern day Irish society - it's a great book to curl up with a cup of tea and a little plate of "biscuits" - enjoy.

(I got this book at Costco. I'm sure it is available at any bookstore or at your favorite web-bookseller.)


Benjamin Fuzz said...

i love her writing! i'm almost always sad when i've finished one of her books.

how are you doing?

up and down here. some things are calmer, and some are just hard. tonight, i'm not sleeping (2:40 am and i'm on-line!).


Kathy L. said...

That's the first time I've heard of her - thanks for the "Heads Up" on this one. :) Maybe I should get it to add to the ever-growing stack of post-surgery literature?

(It'd be better than sheep books, right?) ;-)