The interconnected stories of this witty collection are about eight very different people who each Friday night travel on Tom Fitzgerald's lilac-colored bus. Overflowing with insights, understanding, and rare delights, these stories from the author of Silver Wedding and Circle of Friends, draw us into the lives of the characters and make their ...Read MoreThe interconnected stories of this witty collection are about eight very different people who each Friday night travel on Tom Fitzgerald's lilac-colored bus. Overflowing with insights, understanding, and rare delights, these stories from the author of Silver Wedding and Circle of Friends, draw us into the lives of the characters and make their dramas our own.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1991-09-06 In the first eight interrelated stories of the dozen that comprise her new collection, Binchy ( Circle of Friends ) introduces eight people who travel on a lilac-colored bus from Dublin every Friday night to spend the weekend in their hometown, Rathdoon. Each of the seven passengers and the bus driver is the protagonist of an individual story; taken together, the tales have the cohesion of a novelette. Though these people have known one another for years, they are totally unaware of the compulsions, anxieties, heartaches and dreams of their fellow travelers. As is gradually revealed, everyone on the bus has a secret; thus the stories have the pull of taffy: having finished one, the reader is hooked on discovering the essence of yet another protagonist's existence. Each story delivers a kick of surprise--and often more than one--as Binchy peels back the layers of her characters' lives with empathy, compassion and not a little humor. In the process, the tales coalesce to portray the social order of Rathdoon. The last four stories are set in Dublin, with a new, equally engrossing cast. Although the pieces differ widely in social setting and circumstance, each features a woman who learns the strength of her mettle through adversity. This gallery of memorable characters again confirms Binchy as a beguiling raconteur. BOMC featured selection. (Nov.)
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