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Binchy ( Circle of Friends ; The Lilac Bus ) is a consummate storyteller with a unique ability to draw readers into her tales of Irish life. Here again she mines sources rich in plot and character to produce a captivating narrative. The eponymous copper beech is a huge tree that shades the tiny schoolhouse in the village of Shancarrig. For generations, graduating pupils have carved their initials on the massive trunk, and the book examines what has become of some of them. Though each of the 10 chapters offers the perspective of a single character, Binchy adroitly indicates the ways in which their lives intersect. Thus, the allegedly stolen jewels that are discovered and stolen again in one early chapter become significant in later chapters. Long after two adulterous characters sneak into a Dublin hotel, it emerges that they were spotted by a small soul from Shancarrig, who passes on the information--with unforeseen consequences. A priest's dalliance with the sweet young schoolteacher is shown to have been been suspected by others in the village. The result is a charming and compelling series of interlocking stories about ordinary people who are given dimension through Binchy's empathetic insight. While this book is more fragmentary in structure than some of her previous novels, it should leave Binchy's fans wholly satisfied. BOMC main selection.
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"The Copper Beech finds author Maeve Binchy at her Irish storytelling best!" -- The Plain Dealer (Cleveland).
"The Copper Beech is as soothing as a cup of tea." --People.
"Binchy makes you laugh, cry, and care. Her warmth and sympathy render the daily struggles of ordinary people heroic and turn storytelling into art." -- San Francisco Chronicle. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I love Maeve binchie's books.. They are a very good read. I have almost all or her books. I like the way she writes about life in Ireland and the pepoles. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dominique Lanoie
As always Ms. Binchy tells a very good story. Her ability to seamlessly tell stories and take you on a journey as a result is a gift the literary world will miss.Published 24 months ago by E. Debrito
The other Binchy works I have read, Tara Road, The Glass Lake, Circle of Friends, even the Return Journey (a book of short stories) seem more balanced than this. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2001 by Cookie Monster's Wife
I had never read Binchy and was not expecting much, since she regularly appears on bestseller lists. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2001 by Sue Scott
The Copper Beech isn't a book for those looking for alot of fast paced action. Instead it's the kind of book that is slow paced and one you don't want to have end. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2001 by Marcie