Light a Penny Candle Author:Maeve Binchy From the time in 1940 when shy, ten-year-old Elizabeth White is evacuated from wartime London and plunged into a large and contentious family in the Irish village of Kilgarret, she and Aisling O'Connor are destined to be closest friends - no matter their wildly different backgrounds and upbringing. How their lives resonate together and apart ove... more »r the decades - in passion, in marriage, in tragedy, and in quiet triumph - is the story this remarkable novel tells. It is one of those rare and notable works where, over an entrancingly long span, the world the author sets before us becomes toally our own.
The characters who step in such palpable dimension from these pages, led of course by two heroines, English and Irish, evoke magically and poignantly the ever-wonderous process of human growth and change: Aisling's resolute mother, enduring father, and her four brothers and sisters; Elizabeth's querulous and pitiable father and yearning mother; the two women's husband's, each courting disaster in his own way; the charming and candidly ungiving man Elizabeth and Aisling love in turn - all these and so many more come memorably to life.
The other protagonists of this beautifully written and compassionate saga are Ireland and London themselves. As we move back and forth between them, from the forties to the sixties, we know and enter another time and place which this book will never let us forget. Already celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic, Light a Penny Candle is surely destined for wide success, and its readers for deep enjoyment.« less