Sunday, April 10, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
What role does the house on Tara Road play in the story? Can you parallel the restoration of the house to Ria and Danny's relationship?
Does Binchy portray the characters in this story sympathetically? Even Danny?
Do you think Ria is a loyal friend? What do you think you would have done differently or the same if you were in Ria's postition?
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The book I chose for our reading pleasure this month is......
(And for those of you who can't read that itty bitty writing,)
by Maeve Binchy
Ria Lynch and Marilyn Vine have never met. Their lives have almost nothing in common. Ria lives in a big ramshackle house in Tara Road, Dublin, which is filled day and night with the family and friends on whom she depends. Marilyn lives in a college town in Connecticut, New England, absorbed in her career, an independent and private woman who is very much her own person.
Two more unlikely friends would be hard to find. Yet a chance phone call brings them together and they decide to exchange homes for the summer. Ria goes to America in the hope that the change will give her space and courage to sort out the huge crisis in her life that is threatening to destroy her. Marilyn goes to Ireland to recover in peace and quiet from the tragedy which she keeps secret from the world, little realising that Tara Road will prove to be the least quiet place on earth.
They borrow each other's houses, and during the course of that magical summer they find themselves borrowing something of each other's lives, until a story which began with loss and suffering grows into a story of discovery, unexpected friendship and new hope. By the time Ria and Marilyn eventually meet, they find that they have altered the course of each other's lives for ever.
PS Can everyone get me currant email addresses?
I just found out this was an Oprah book. :)