Scarlet Feather is set in contemporary Dublin, and is the story of Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather, who go into business together as caterers. Tom is the son of a builder and his fanatically devout wife, both of whom are disappointed that he hasn't joined the family building firm. Cathy's father is an inveterately optimistic gambler on the horses, ...
Scarlet Feather is set in contemporary Dublin, and is the story of Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather, who go into business together as caterers. Tom is the son of a builder and his fanatically devout wife, both of whom are disappointed that he hasn't joined the family building firm. Cathy's father is an inveterately optimistic gambler on the horses, and her mother, Lizzie, is a domestic cleaner. In particular Lizzie cleans the house of Cathy's mother-in-law, the fearsome Hannah Mitchell. Hannah is furious that her clever lawyer son, Neil, should have married her maid's daughter, and is even more outraged when Cathy sets up Scarlet Feather with Tom. Tom's hopelessly obsessive love for his beautiful, ambitious model girlfriend, Marcella, and Cathy's increasingly distant marriage to Neil, form the heart of the emotional tangles in the story. Against a background of hilarious catering triumphs and disasters, these key relationships begin to crumble, and the aphrodisiac of shared business trials and tribulations starts its inevitable work on Cathy and Tom. Meanwhile, around them, a magical supporting cast of classic Binchy characters weaves its spell: a comically dreadful but endearing set of twin children; a lonely man looking for the foster daughter he had to hand back to her real parents years earlier; the glamorous aunt whose financial backing of Scarlet Feather has a dubious source. These and many more wend their way through a story of love and heartbreak and laughter ' Maeve Binchy at her most beguiling.
Near Fine in Near Fine Jacket. Dust Jacket has gold "signed copy Sticker and is protected in a removable mylar cover. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 538 p. Audience: General/trade. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on first blank page. No inscription. 1st Edition, 1st American printing with full number line. Not BC and not Ex-library.
Very Good Plus in Very Good Plus jacket. 6.2 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches. First American Edition. First Printing. Signed by author. Previous owner's initials in top corner. Pages are otherwise clean and unmarked. Binding is square and tight. Boards are clean with minor wear to edges, spine ends and corners. Text block is faintly soiled. Dust jacket has some slight edgewear, covers are clean with light scuffing and rubbing. Pictures provided upon request.
Francis Livingston. Very good. No dust jacket as issued. 538 p. Audience: General/trade. EXCELLENT HARDCOVER BOOK with beautiful dust jacket, gold spine of 1 1/2" wide. Illus endpapers and the physical cover is a quarter cloth black spine area and red board. Book has been inspected and the publisher did not spare any expense with printing this copy. Price is uncut on d.j. flap. Photo of 'herself' on the back d.j. inserted on the wrap-around dust jacket. Really a nice clean book with no marks noticed. She sure writes thick books.
Very good in very good dust jacket. SIGNED by author on title page (signature only). 1st UK edition, no numberline. Edgewear to dust jacket. Corners bumped, tanning to pages. 501 p.; 25 cm. By the late author of 'Heart and Soul' and 'Tara Road'. Where possible, all books come with dust jacket in a protective mylar sleeve, sealed in a ziplock bag, wrapped in bubble wrap, shipped in a box.
SIGNED by author. Octavo, hardcover, fine in near fine pictorial dj.; Decorated endpps. Giftable; "signed copy" sticker on front of jacket. 501 pp. By the author of Tara Road. Scarlet Feather is the catering company newly formed by cooking school friends; they are young and talented and they start their business in Dublin. Story takes place over one year from N Y's eve to NY's eve.
Fine in very good dust jacket. Dutton, New York, NY, 2000. Large Print Ed., Fine/VG, Hard Cover, Size=6.5"x9.5", 857pgs. 1" DJ tear top front spine edge, o.w. clean, bright and tight. No ink names, bookplates, etc. ISBN 0739416251 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES ALL ARE WELL PACKED WITH CARE!
I absolutely loved this book - the writing is so simple yet the storyline isn't. I found it to be quite profound. The characters felt so real; they learnt many life lessons, with many unexpected events along the way.
Definitely one of the best books I have ever read - enjoyed it immensely!
May 14, 2009
I like reading Binchy's books to get a glimpse of Irish culture. This book followed two characters in business together through family issues, relationship issues, and business struggles. I'd recommend it!
May 27, 2008
More than the sum of its parts
This is the first Binchy book that I've read since picking up "Circle of Friends" when I was in high school. I couldn't really remember much about the author besides that I enjoyed the book. Well, the enjoyment hasn't changed. What has changed is that I've read a lot of authors in the intervening years that don't match up to Binchy's talent. Somehow, her story of two Dublin caterers is more than the sum of its parts. The writing is simple and straightforward, but it ultimately laces together a story that is anything but either of those two words. This book is like comfort food; you know what's in it, but the feeling it gives you goes above and beyond the ordinary power of those ingredients by themselves. Binchy isn't interested in painting any of her characters in two dimensions. Instead, they run the gamut of type, all of them believably inhabiting her fictional world, reacting naturally to the stimuli with which they are presented according to the personalities that Binchy has created with such care. And the best thing is, you recognize these outsize personalities. The author has a remarkable talent for capturing the traits and quirks of people and putting them on the page intact. I will definitely be picking up more work by Maeve Binchy in the future.
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