It was a cohesive book, even though the author's varied. Some stories were better than others, but overall it was an enjoyable read. Not knowing who wrote what, it led to a guessing game, especially for the stories I really enjoyed. Definitely a beach book...not heavy, very humerous and enjoyable.
Correction to the above review--there are only seven chapters, and Dermot Bolger did not write any of them.
Stories about women written by women "devised and edited by Dermot Bolger. Each chapter in the book has been written by a different author, listed alphabetically (Maeve Binchy, Clare Boylan, Emma Donoghue, Anne Haverty, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Kate O'Riordan, Deirdre Purcell), and not in the order they appear. We leave it to discerning readers to identify them." I've only ever read Maeve Binchy's short story "Carissima" in Irish Girls About Town, so I have no idea. It was fun to read each narrator's description of the other patrons of Finbar's and try to recognize them from other stories.