A unique family occasion is looming for Mr. and Mrs. Doyle. They have been married for 25 years. The silver wedding party their children plan brings about all the characters from their life together--and a wonderful mix of tales. From the author of Firefly Summer.A unique family occasion is looming for Mr. and Mrs. Doyle. They have been married for 25 years. The silver wedding party their children plan brings about all the characters from their life together--and a wonderful mix of tales. From the author of Firefly Summer.Read Less
I think perhaps I have been reading Binchy's work in the wrong order; I started with her critically admired works, "Scarlet Feather," and "Circle of Friends," then I decided to investigate her earlier work, only to feel mildy disappointed. "Silver Wedding," published in 1989, offers glimmers of her talent that would later be on more advantageous display, but never quite pulls together into a cohesive story. This, like much of Binchy's work, is a story of small events that are big to those who are living them. It is a well-drawn portrait of a family but I wanted the deeper characterization that I have seen in her later works. I never quite got to know one member of the Doyle family before the book moved on to another character. That said, I finished this book in one day, as it moves very quickly as is by no means boring. It's just that Binchy has grown a lot as a storyteller since writing "Silver Wedding."
Publishers Weekly, 1989-07-28 The arrangements for celebrating Desmond and Deirdre Doyle's forthcoming silver wedding anniversary fall to Anna, their eldest daughter, who works in a pretentious London bookshop. Anna proceeds to make a list of guests, most important of whom, besides her parents and herself, are her sister Helen, brother Brendan, and three other participants in the wedding ceremony: the best man, Frank Quigley; Maureen Barry, the maid of honor; and Father Hurley. Each leisurely chapter deals with one of these characters, detailing their lives in the 25 years since the Doyle's marriage. Binchy ( Firefly Summer) exhibits her gift for astute and loving characterization as she examines the way relationships and families work. She engagingly delineates the pressures, both stated and unstated, that repel or attract, the striving for approval from parents and lovers. At the silver wedding celebration, when the obligatory photograph is taken for the family album, the reader knows well what fears and doubts, secrets and achievements lie behind the happy smiles. Readers Digest Condensed Book selection; BOMC featured alternate; major ad/promo. (Sept.)
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