Circle of Friends Author:Maeve Binchy Brimming with rich perceptiveness that immediately identifies the writing of Maeve Binchy, Circle Of Friends is that rare intensely pleasurable novel to be cherished from 1st page to the last. Beginning in an Irish village and moving to Dublin, this intimate portrait of friendship captures the coming of age of two unusual young women, Benny Hoga... more »n and Eve Malone and the drama that emerges, unecxpectedly, in thier lives.
On the surface, the quiet streets of Knockglen seem to carry the mundane traffic of uneventful lives. But Benny, "a great horse of a girl" as some call her, knows the sins and secrets behind every lace curtain. Anything she's missed, wiry, hot-tempered Eve Malone can tell, her having spotted the goings-on from her small convent room that fronts on the main street. Benny, an only child smothered with love from her adoring parents, and Eve, the orphan of the convent handyman and a rebellious daughter of the rich Protestant Westward family who abandoned her to be raised by nuns--seem an unlikely pair but they are bonded in the special way of life long friends: fiercely loyal and unconditional in their love.
The oddities of village life, the empty cottage that is Eve's poignant legacy from the pasrents she never knew, Benny's unspoken longings to break free of her parents, all come into sharp focus when the two friends go up to the university in Dublin. There they meet the breathtakingly beautiful Nan Mahon and Jack Foley, a doctor's handsome son, and thier university friends. The worlds of Dublin and Knockglen will suddenly be joined in intrigues and dreams as the mysteries of the past in the hopes of the future test the bonds of friendship. Nothing will stay the same as betrayal arrives in a stunning way in Knockglen, and fates will be tranformed by the truth about death and loss, desire and real caring.
With her unerring ear for dialogue her understanding of the breadth of human feelings and her genius at story telling, Maeve Binchy has fashioned a compassionate and totally absorbing novel, one that creates a vivid and magnificently complete world of an irresistable Ireland and a cirle of unforgettable friends.« less