This Year It Will Be Different And Other Stories

This Year It Will Be Different And Other Stories

A Christmas Treasury

Book - 1996
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Circle of Friends, The Glass Lake, and Evening Class comes a stunning collection of fifteen Christmas stories filled with Maeve Binchy's trademark wit, charm, and sheer storytelling genius.  In "A Typical Irish Christmas," a grieving widower heads for a holiday in Ireland and finds an unexpected destination not just for himself, but for a father and daughter in crisis. . . .  In "Pulling Together," a teacher not yet out of her twenties sees her affair with a married man at a turning point as Christmas Eve approaches. . . .  And in the title story, "This Year It Will Be Different," a woman with a complacent husband and grown children enters a season that will forever alter her life, and theirs. . .

These stories, and a dozen more, powerfully evoke many lives--from step-families grappling with exes to children caught in grown-up tugs-of-war--during the one holiday when feelings cannot be easily hidden.  The time of year may be magical, imbued with meaning.  But the situations are timeless.  And Maeve Binchy makes us care about them all.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte, c1996
ISBN: 9780440223573
0440223571
9780385315036
0385315031
Branch Call Number: BIN
Characteristics: 210 p

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Dec 22, 2015

I always enjoy Maeve Binchy. This was a collection of Christmas stories which were easy reading. I prefer her novels.

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CrochetCat374
Dec 20, 2015

This collection is not your typical set of heartwarming Christmas stories, just as the description on the book's jacket flap says. Some of the stories are heartwarming, some are sad, and a few are simply quirky. However, I found that I liked this collection for its refreshing difference. The stories may not be sugarplum sweet or come with happy endings, but they're all realistic and some are relate-able. I would recommend this to someone looking for an untypical holiday read--or a Maeve Binchy fan.

GrammaS Nov 17, 2014

I really expected 'more' of Maeve Binchy ..... these stories were 'querky' and 'bizarre'. not warm, fuzzy, nice nice Christmas stories. Was disappointed.

flourgirl Sep 14, 2010

A different kind of Christmas tale, sometimes happy other times sad but always with an interesting look at the reality of people and families.

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