A Week in Winter

A Week in Winter

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By (author) Maeve Binchy

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 325 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 234mm x 33mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 26 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307273571
  • ISBN 13: 9780307273574
  • Illustrations note: 4-C END PAPER MAP
  • Sales rank: 633,865

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Maeve Binchy, "the grand story teller,"* returns with a cast of characters you will never forget when they all spend a winter week together on holiday at Stone House, a restful inn by the sea... Stoneyville is a small town on the coast of Ireland where all the families know each other. When Chicky decides to take an old decaying mansion, Stone House, and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, the town thinks she is crazy. She is helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the place) and her niece Orla (a whiz at business). Finally the first week of paying guests arrive: John, the American movie star thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian, forced into taking a holiday together; Nuala and Henry, husband and wife, both doctors who have been shaken by seeing too much death; Anders, the Swedish boy, hates his father's business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired school teacher, who criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyone's relief; the Walls who have entered in 200 contests (and won everything from a microwave oven to velvet curtains, including the week at Stone House); and Freda, the psychic who is afraid of her own visions. You will laugh and cry as you spend the week with this odd group who share their secrets and might even have some of their dreams come true.

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Maeve Binchy is the author of numerous best-selling books, including her most recent novels, "Minding Frankie, Heart and Soul, " and "Whitethorn Woods, "as well as" Circle of Friends "and "Tara Road, " which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. She has written for "Gourmet"; "O, The Oprah Magazine;""Modern Maturity;" and "Good Housekeeping, " among other publications. Married to Gordon Snell, she lived in Dalkey, Ireland, until her death in July 2012 at the age of seventy-two, shortly after finishing this book.

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"Fittingly, this posthumously published work by Ireland's beloved lady of letters is itself a love letter to her homeland. . . Binchy offers a final chance to enjoy her winning characters and the charm of Irish culture. . . Reading this novel is like ducking out of a cold rain into a fire-warmed pub filled with laughter." --"People" "Lovely. . . Tailor-made for an afternoon jaunt through the backcountry of western Ireland. . . Binchy's last novel radiates the warmth and charm that fans of the late Irish author will recognize and relish. . . . [her] prose is conversational, comfortable and populated with a cast of colorful characters that run the gamut from droll to dry. . . a delightful diversion." --Mary Cadden, "USA Today" "A hopeful, loving novel chronicling lives shaped by good deeds, small favors, and honest counsel along the rocky crags of the Irish coast. Fans of Binchy and newcomers to her work alike should consider themselves fortunate to have been left such a clear-eyed and open-hearted final gift." --"The Daily Beast" " " ""A Week in Winter "goes perfectly with a cup of tea. . . . a gratifying, blustery read full of rich characters, a sea-spray setting and a compelling plot that carries the reader from start to end. . . . Binchy has created a book that envelops its reader in the same calming serenity that Stone House provides its inhabitants." --Shelly Walston, "The Wichita Eagle" "A treat as rich as a box of chocolates." --aarp.org "The late great Binchy's last novel is an appropriately heartwarming and spirit restoring swan song. In classic Binchy-style, the gentle story is populated with a large cast of often eccentric, always endearing characters. . . Stone House, a country inn on the West Coast of Ireland serves as the cozy setting for these interrelated tales of love, loss, friendship, and community. . . . Pour yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up, and prepare to savor this bit of comfort food for the soul." --