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Irish Girls About Town [Paperback]

Maeve Binchy , Marian Keyes , Cathy Kelly
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Feb. 4 2003
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New York Times bestselling authors Maeve Binchy and Marian Keyes top an impressive roster of the Emerald Isle's most popular women writers and prove that when it comes to spinning a good yarn, the Irish are the best in the business. Showcasing dazzling wit and remarkable insight in short stories that run the gamut from provocative to poignant, these Irish women will tug at your heartstrings and have you crying with laughter in no time.

She did what?!

In Maeve Binchy's "Carissima," a longtime ex-pat and free spirit returns to Ireland from Sicily and shakes things up for her family, who finds her life utterly scandalous. In "Soulmates," by Marian Keyes, one woman's relationship is so bleedin' perfect in every way that it's driving her friends up the wall. In Cathy Kelly's "Thelma, Louise and the Lurve Gods," two women on a madcap, Stateside road trip have completely opposite reactions to a pair of insanely good-looking men. In these stories, and throughout this fabulous collection, Ireland's finest women authors celebrate the joys and perils of love, the adventure and constancy of female friendships, and their own irresistible brand of Irish charm.

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Scottish Daily Record The ultimate feel-good book...funny...ironic...thrilling...provocative.

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Cathy Kelly is the Irish bestselling author of twelve other novels, many of which have been number one bestsellers in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. She lives in Ireland with her husband and twin sons. In 2005 she was appointed an ambassador for UNICEF Ireland. Contact her on Twitter at @cathykellybooks or follow her on Facebook or at CathyKelly.com.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun for Women Everywhere... Feb. 9 2003
By emt0402
While I am not a big fan of short stories, I had to have "Irish Girls About Town". Maeve Binchy and Marian Keyes are two of my favorite authors and what can I say? I couldn't resist. These short stories are full of fun, life, and adventure in which any woman (not just the Irish!) can relate. "Irish Girls About Town" covers a wide range of topics, from PMS, to the simple joys of friendship, finding the perfect someone, heartbreak, and so much more.
Surprisingly, my favorite stories did not come from my favorite authors. Annie Sparrow's "The Unlovable Woman" had me laughing and rolling my eyes as at a woman who can't see the love of her life directly in front of her. "Moving" by Collette Caddle is another personal favorite. Out of 16 stories, only two seemed lacking. Julie Parson's "My Cup Runneth Over" was a bit darker and tried to pack too much into too small a space. "Your Place or Mine" suffered from the same. Other then that, this is a wonderful book. If you are fans of Binchy, Kelly, or Keyes; do not pass it up. I didn't and because of that, I have discovered some wonderful writers and got some wonderful stories in the process!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem! Jan. 28 2003
What brilliant idea to have Ireland's most gifted female writers put together in a gem of a book! Irish Girls About Town is every chick lit enthusiast's dream come true. My favorite stories are the ones from Marian Keyes, Maeve Binchy and Cathy Kelly. However, newcomer Marisa Mackle's "Girls' Weekend" is the best one out of the bunch. I was so impressed with her sharp wit that I purchased her debut novel, Mr. Right for the Night. This book is a true gem and I couldn't recommend it enough!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jan. 1 2003
By A Customer
You won't be able to put this book down. Stories by Cathy Kelly, Mary Ryan, Marian Keyes and Marisa Mackle shine through.
Also Annie Sparrow's story mad me laugh out loud. This is a wonderful collection from the cream of female Irish writers. A night in with Irish Girls About Town was better than any mad party night I had this Christmas and the stories are keeping me laughing well into the new year. Go on, buy it. I promise you won't regret it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, short, and very snappy May 7 2004
By Rebecca
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book! Mostly I bought it because I love Marian Keyes (trust me, her story in this one DOES NOT do her justice) but I really like this book for many reasons.
The stories are not chock full of [adult relations], strip teases, or other various corny, READ: laughable scenes. I think this is a breath of much needed fresh air that definitely sets this "romance" anthology apart from any of the ones written by "American" women writers that I have attempted to read. These stories just flat out rely on humor, wit, and charm, not CHEAPNESS to carry the plots. Very impressive I think.
The stories were short. Which is great when you are in a reading environment that gets interrupted a lot (like, say you are supposed to be doing your job for example).
The stories are cute and very well written. Ok, I wasn't impressed with some of them, but the majority are very well written, quick reads that are cute, sassy, and totally fun. Don't worry about actually falling asleep on the job with this book. This might sound stupid, but the style of these Irish women writers makes their stories flow well.
Pick up this book as your next romance anthology read, or any light read for that matter, and PLEASE skip the Kasey Michaels and the Lori Foster anthologies!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun collection July 14 2003
It's an Irish smorgasbord! 16 Irish women authors have banded together and produced a delightful collection of short stories, not only for your reading pleasure, but also to benefit two charities in the UK and Ireland - Barnado's and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
This book includes stories from popular best-selling novelists such as Marian Keyes (Angels, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Watermelon...) and Maeve Binchy ( Tara Road , Circle of Friends...), as well as up-and-coming Irish authors, such as Catherine Barry and Colette Cadle. Included are "Soulmates" (Marian Keyes) about the absolutely perfect couple who drive their friends nuts, "The Ring Cycle" (Martina Devlin) about a woman who was able to ditch her nutty husband but is haunted by her wedding ring, "The Twenty-Eighth Day" (Catherine Barry") about a normally balanced woman who is hormonally challenged by PMT once a month, and "Moving" (Colette Cadle) about a woman who carries a torch for a lost love and wonders why she only seems "happy enough" with her handsome husband and two beautiful children. There are lots more to amuse you with their Irish wit and charm, and you can finish one or two stories in a sitting.
Irish Girls About Town is a great way to sample different writing styles, discover a new favorite author, and do a good deed.
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Even before I married a boy of Celtic descent and acquired the right proper name of O'Hara, I was always drawn to the stories of the Irish, with their balance between reverence and irreverence, wit and misery. So when I was offered IRISH GIRLS ABOUT TOWN, a collection of short tales by sixteen of today's premiere and rising star female Irish authors, I replied "of course." And I am glad I did.
Joan O'Neill's "De-Stress" asks the age-old question, "Can one really mend a broken heart by falling into the arms of an incredibly handsome, tall young man with black hair and Mediterranean-blue eyes with biceps the size of babies' heads?" Apparently, yes, one can.
Every woman will find herself nodding her head in agreement as she reads Catherine Barry's "The Twenty Eighth Day." Read on: "I know I have PMT (PMS). I know what it is. I know why it happens. I know all about the hormonal imbalance. But all the knowledge in the world will not abate the terrific storm that looms in our normally happy abode. I know it passes and I know I can't help the way I feel. All the same, it doesn't stop me from wanting to stick a knife in Michael's eye."
Tessa, "desperate to get married," is Mary Ryan's "A Good Catch," an innocent. She moves out on her own, late in life, determined to find a husband and instead finds herself unknowingly living next door to a prostitute. Naïve to the end, even after discovering who her neighbor is, Tessa refuses to see it.
In Marian Keyes's "Soulmates," Georgia and Joel are the perfect couple. Born on the same day in the same year in the same city, how could they not be meant for each other?
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Most recent customer reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Collection of shorty stories
Never read anything by Maeve Binchy that didn't like. I'm sorry she's gone.
These stories are a good mix of her writing.
Published 15 months ago by Terry E Rintala
1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Maeve Binchy standards
Disappointed in the book, I am a huge fan of Maeve Binchy,s and this book disappointed me big time I,m sorry to say.
Published 20 months ago by Kate Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book of short stories i've ever read!
Irish Girls About Town has to be one of the best books that I have ever read. I was visiting my grandma one day and I got bored so she handed it to me, telling me that Maeve Binchy... Read more
Published on May 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish Charm and Humor At Its Best!
I went into this book looking for new offerings from my favorite authors, Maeve Binchy, Marian Keyes and Cathy Kelly ---- but, I was really surprised and excited to find charming... Read more
Published on April 10 2004 by Caroline P. Hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted, easy read
I'm an Irish girl, so I picked up this book at my local store. I loved reading short stories by female Irish authors I hadn't read before. Good introduction to many new voices. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2003 by Katherine M. Deweese
3.0 out of 5 stars author wishes to thank reviewers!!!
Catherine Barry, the author of 'The 28th Day' in 'irish Girls about town' wishes to thank the reviewers for their wonderful warm compliments about her short story on pmt! Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2003 by catherine barry
4.0 out of 5 stars Female adventures both fun and frustrating
This short story collection is chock-full of women's issues, from dealing with difficult friendships to finding Mr. Right to coping with PMS. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2003 by doctor_beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and fun read!
I liked this book immensely! My only disappointment is trying to find some of the other titles these authors wrote previously!
Published on June 13 2003 by Joanne M. Nicosia
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and fun read!
I liked this book immensely! My only disappointment is trying to find some of the other titles these authors wrote previously!
Published on June 13 2003 by Joanne M. Nicosia
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to LOVE in this book?
Couldn't be better, especially if you love the authors, love feminine point of view writing, love all things Irish, and love a collection of wonderful stories that make you laugh,... Read more
Published on May 15 2003 by Peggy Vincent
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