Irish Girls About Town: An Anthology of Short Stories
Get ready to paint the town green.
New York Times bestselling authors Maeve Binchy and Marian Keyes top an impressive roster of the Emerald Isle's most popular women writers as they celebrate the joys and perils of love and the adventure and constancy of female friendships.
In Maeve Binchy's "Carissima," an ex-pat returns to Ireland and shakes things up for her family,...more
Basically, they're all like a crappy plot for the next awful romantic comedy. The women are fairly flat characters and the men they so quickly fall for are flat as a board. A writer can accomplish a lot in a few pages, but even when the voice is interesting (like the protagonist in 'lurve gods') the story crumbles when everything is tied up...more
I really enjoyed this collection. This is most definitely a collection of short stor...more
Thus far my favorite story is by Mauve and this is not surprising. Her short stories have always been the best. Her characters from "The Return Journey" still rates up there as some of th...more
Out of those 16 stories I love reading Carissima, written by Maeve Binchy.
It's about a friendship between Nora (Maeve's main character from The Evening Class ) and Brenda (from Scarlett Feather). I love knowing they are friends and now have settled with their own lives.
Another story that I fancied is The Unlovable Woman by Annie Sparrow. Annie's story left an open ending for her readers, it m...more
Good, strong stories with a tou...more
My favorites in this collection were Mary Ryan's "A Good Catch" (surprisingly dark, like biting into a Snickers and finding it's coated in 70% cacao) and Sarah Webb's "About That Night" (not surprising at all b...more
"Thelma, Louise & the Lurve Gods" - Cathy Kelly
"An Independent Woman" - Morag Prunty
"Your Place or Mine?" - Gemma O'Conner
"The Unlovable Woman" - Annie Sparrow
"Moving" - Collette Caddle
"My Cup Runneth Over" - Julie Parsons
"A Good Catch" - Mary Ryan
"De-Stress" - Jean O'Neill
"The 28th Day" - Catherine Barry
"About That Night" - Sarah Webb
"The Ring Cycle" - Martina Devlin
"Carissima" - Maeve Binchy
"Girls' Week-end" - Catherine Dunne
"The Union Man" - Marisa Mackle
I think I just don't really enjoy short stories as much as I do a novel. You don't have enough time to really connect with the characters and place yourself in their situations. I found myself guessing the endings on most of the stories, and being right.
Most of the stories are not special.
I only recommend three short stories, which are The Union Man, Soulmate and An Independent Woman.
Those three short stories are great, since the idea is from simple thing but written so differently :D Those stories have great sense of humor, and I laughed after reading it.
Rated R for language, sexual metaphors, and thematic elements.
She studied at University College Dublin and was a teacher for a while....more