Tara Road (Oprah's Book Club)

Tara Road (Oprah's Book Club)

Maeve Binchy

Language: English

Pages: 656

ISBN: 0440235596

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club

New York Times bestselling author Maeve Binchy has captured the hearts of millions with her unforgettable novels. Binchy's graceful storytelling and wise compassion have earned her the devotion of fans worldwide--and made her one of the most beloved authors of our time. Now she dazzles us once again with a new novel filled with her signature warmth, humor, and tender insight. A provocative tale of family heartbreak, friendship, and revelation,Tara Road explores every woman's fantasy: escape, into another place, another life. "What if..." Binchy asks, and answers in her most astonishing novel to date.

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board.' 'And had you?' Annie still refused chess lessons and she couldn't accept that Brian had mastered it. 'Well, only by accident in a way. I just sort of put them out there and they were commanding and she was very pleased with me.' Brian smiled at the triumph of it all. Sometimes he was more pathetic than awful, Annie thought, you'd feel sorry for him. And he didn't really understand that their lives were going to change. He thought that after the summer everyone would go back to their

didn't matter. Nothing mattered except that she put in her time here and got on to whatever happened next. A shadow fell over her and there was Colm standing beside her. She put up a hand to keep the sun out of her eyes. 'Hallo,' he said. 'Hi,' Marilyn said. 'I'm not a great believer in words as apologies, so I brought you some flowers instead.' 'It wasn't your fault.' 'It was my place where it all happened. Anyway it's over. Please Almighty God may it be over! In all my anxiety-dreams

that she had tied so cheerfully that morning. 'So?' she said, not trusting herself to say anything more. 'It's very bad, Ria.' 'No, it can't be all that bad.' Ria realised that he was not coming back to her. This was not what this was all about. Her list hadn't been necessary at all. It didn't matter now whether she was calm or cool or gushy, he wasn't coming back. She heard herself speaking. 'Danny, I've already had the worst news, nothing will ever be as bad as that. There can't be anything

along. But not tonight. It was as if she were more shocked than any of them. Danny spoke eventually. 'I don't know what to do for the best,' he said helplessly. 'I wanted it told differently but maybe there's no good way of telling it.' They said nothing. 'What would you like me to do? Will I stay here in the study tonight so things will be sort of normal, or will I leave and come back tomorrow? You tell me and I'll do what you say.' It was obvious that Ria was going to say nothing. He looked

only question now was whether she should call back and unpick the entirely impractical arrangement before it had begun to take root in this woman's mind, or just write a letter? She could call immediately, it might be a cleaner break, and say the home exchange was no longer possible from her end, that she had family duties which she could not ignore. Marilyn smiled wryly at the thought of her being someone with family responsibilities. But Ria in Ireland wouldn't know this. It would be easier to

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