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Oprah Book Club® Selection, September 1999: Against all odds, two newlyweds manage to buy the house of their dreams. In 1982, property speculation is beginning to be a big, big thing in Dublin--and their street is very much in an up-and-coming part of town. "They laughed and hugged each other. Danny Lynch from the broken-down cottage in the back of beyond and Ria Johnson from the corner house in the big, shabby estate were not only living like gentry in a big Tara Road mansion, they were actually debating what style of dining table to buy." But for its various inhabitants, the street is to become a boulevard of dreams--some broken, others created anew. Maeve Binchy has long proved herself a secure hand at multiple story lines, and over the course of 500 satisfying pages she focuses on Ria; her best friend, Rosemary Ryan, a beautiful, endlessly selfish career woman; Gertie, the battered wife of a drunkard; and several other intriguing women, each of whom has secrets not to be shared. There is even an all-knowing fortune teller who early on hints that Ria will travel and start a successful business--two things she knows are definitely not in the offing.
Yet after our supposedly happy housewife and mother of two is confronted by some inexorable home truths, a chance phone call from America will change her life, forcing her to discard her illusions about men, women, and marriage and start all over again. At the same time, the Connecticut caller, Marilyn Vine, has her own lessons to learn when she and Ria swap houses for the summer. Yet there's nothing remotely preachy about this novel--even the bad guys (and yes, they're usually guys) and beautiful mistresses get to maintain some appeal. Instead, Tara Road is a stirring look at the reality behind our consuming fantasies, and a page-turner to boot. --Siobhan Carson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Abandoned by her husband, a Dublin woman named Ria meets American Marilyn via the phone, and they end up swapping houses?with surprise results.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
So believable and true to life. Not too many characters to follow..Published 17 months ago by Ivy Philipps
this is right up there with one of my favourite Maeve Binchy novels. couldn't put it down. good story line, great characters. Read morePublished on May 8 2013 by b author
Very interesting book. At first it took me some time to really get in the book, but then you don't want to stop reading it.Published on Dec 2 2012 by Josee Deschenes
AS ALWAYS, MAEVE BINCHY IS THE BEST STORY-TELLER THERE IS. SO RELAXING, SUCH LOVELY THEMES IN HER STORIES. MUST BUY FOR ANYONE WHO WISHES TO GET OUT OF TODAY'S HECTIC PACE.Published on April 18 2012 by MADMAX
The characters are so rich and life like. I couldn't get enough, even though I was sleep deprived from staying up late to read!Published on Jan. 21 2005 by Nikki M