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Irish Girls about Town

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,625 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
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, who
Paperback, 337 pages
Published February 24th 2004 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Donna LaValley
Sep 08, 2012 Donna LaValley rated it really liked it
Maeve Binchy is one of my favorite authors. She has given me so many pleasant hours of happy reading in my life. Her recent death made me search again for anything else she might have written that I didn't already own, or already have read and passed along to someone else. Happily I did find a few books that she was part of, such as this anthology of short stories about girls or women from Ireland. This is unabashed "chick lit" written by and for the female reader. Most of the stories are about ...more
AJ LeBlanc
Dec 17, 2008 AJ LeBlanc rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
I was looking forward to fun romps through girl power and instead I got 16 stories about how to get a man, why you must have a man, men who suck but you should stay with them because you need a man, why it's OK to be with a married man, ignoring the good man in front of you so you can get trampled over by the jerky man that might call next week, getting out of a relationship with a man so you can immediately start your next relationship with a man, and keeping your man happy so he doesn't leave ...more
Lizzie Branch
Mar 30, 2011 Lizzie Branch rated it it was amazing
This book is about three main irish authors and their short stories as a woman. The book has other irish authors within the book talking about their personal experiences and how hard it is to be a woman. We cook, clean, have babies, get our hearts broken, and still have many other duties that we have to take care of. This book shows you people who you can relate to. It's a funny girly book, and I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good book to read. This book helps ...more
Mar 10, 2012 Melissa rated it did not like it
Full disclosure, I haven't read all the stories. I adore short stories, and the power they can have, but these just do not carry the weight short stories can.

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
Jun 16, 2014 Wheeler rated it did not like it
I figured, I should read more Irish authors and I figured, I should read more female Irish authors. So, I picked this book up, along with a few others, trying to fill a 4-for-3 quota. I read it all the way through.
(I adore short stories.)
These stories are utter rubbish.
Had they been written by men, the book and the authors would be excoriated for being misogynistic cretins obsessed with their own gender. As such, the book is filled with un-ironic slut-shaming, un-ironic figure-bashing, god-awf
Bridget Bailey
Jan 28, 2016 Bridget Bailey rated it really liked it
This is not my first novel by a lot of these authors but my first short story novel. I typically don't like short story novels but this one was actually pretty good and kept my interest. I like a majority of these authors already so I knew I liked their styles plus I had read some of these already. Many of the stories are somewhat similar; however, some were so different that it was nice to read those in between the others. This was a cute and short collection of stories by a bunch of Irish auth ...more
Amanda Morgan
Jun 25, 2014 Amanda Morgan rated it really liked it
I do enjoy a good collection of short stories, and this particular collection interested me in that some of my favorite authors have contributed. “Irish Girls About Town” features 16 chick-lit short stories that satisfy, yet keep the reader wanting more.
Marian Keyes opens the collection with her story, “Soulmates” about a seemingly perfect couple that no one can match in their perfection, that ends with an ironic twist. This works wonderfully as a simple, humorous short story that really wouldn
Jun 30, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-read
I don't normally choose to read collections of short stories, but after reading this book I have a feeling I'll seek them out more actively. I'd forgotten how easy it is to read stories that begin and conclude within a matter of pages, rather than chapters. I'd forgotten how refreshing - and disconcerting - it can be to have a series of unrelated stories, told from radically different voices together in one book.

I really enjoyed this collection. This is most definitely a collection of short stor
Jan 12, 2015 Machel rated it really liked it
I love this book so far. This book is a series of short stories written by all Irish writers. I have always been drawn to Irish writer and have three favorites: Morag Prunty/Kate Kerrigan, Marian Keyes and Mauve Binchy. All three have short stories in this book. I am also discovering some new authors to follow.
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
Apr 03, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it
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Oct 19, 2014 Musiquedevie rated it really liked it
A wonderful book of short stories that gives you insight into Ireland's top female authors. A mixed bag of some great, some good, a few not-so-good and a couple odd stories made this book a mostly enjoyable read. I can't wait to try out other works by the authors whose stories I loved. Joan O'Neill, Catherine Barry, Cathy Kelly, Maeve Binchy, Collette Caddle, Marisa Mackle, Tina Reilly & Morag Prunty had fantastic short stories!
Feb 04, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
I bought this book of short stories used several years ago at a cute little bookshop while on vacation in Wisconsin (No, not Ireland!). I enjoyed the Irish setting in the stories. I've been reading a story here and there in between waiting for books to come in at the library. I just finished the last few stories tonight.
Oct 12, 2008 Yaya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book consists of 16 stories with well known writers like Maeve Binchy, Marian Keyes and Cathy Kelly.

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
Mar 22, 2012 Lois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing at all heavy or complicated, just a collection of light, amusing stories by and about women in different stages of an assortment of relationships. Most are only 20 pages or less, and have a little twist at the end, altho you can usually see it coming, but I enjoyed this as a quick read that I could put down and easily pick up again. Found it at a local book sale just before St. Patrick's Day, and since the stories are about Irish ladies and I was between books at the moment, it seemed ri ...more
Minty McBunny
Jun 11, 2015 Minty McBunny rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015, june-2015
This turns up frequently in my library searches for Cathy Kelly, Maeve Binchy and Marian Keyes, so I figured I might as well give it a go.

Sadly, it was not at all worth my time. Even the stories by authors I love were weak and cliched. I did not enjoy any one story in this book.
Jul 26, 2015 Suzanne rated it really liked it
These are just as expected- girl stories, mainly about relationships, and since they are by Irish writers, they are very well told, also as expected. Sure they are light, sure they are predictable, but still very entertaining and lots of fun.
Jun 08, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it
The 1st book of a collection of Irish women writer's stories.
This book led me to Morag Prunty/Kate Kerrigan.
Good writing and now I am researching the Irish women writers I loved the best!
Good bedtime reading.
Elizabeth Schwertfuehrer
Mar 26, 2015 Elizabeth Schwertfuehrer rated it really liked it
I liked the short stories by a wide variety of authors. Stories were deep enough to get involved with the characters yet not pine about them. I liked some stories better than others, obv.
Lois Rixner
Mar 14, 2015 Lois Rixner rated it really liked it
16 short stories written by various Irish authors. Good variety of style and content and all a quick read. Most stories were long enough to get the point across and/or short enough to finish quickly if they didn't snag your attention.
Jan 06, 2015 Kerry rated it really liked it
A pretty good book overall. A few short stories I found to be a little slow, but not surprising. Most books have slow bits. I pretty much had gotten it because of Maeve Binchy, but other authors are also good.
Suzanne Braam
Aug 24, 2014 Suzanne Braam rated it liked it
It was a great little cottage read and a great way to get introduced to a bunch of Irish writers. I will be looking up other stories by these great authors.
Mar 05, 2016 Vijayalakshmi rated it did not like it
This was a huge disappointment. Almost all the stories were about women chasing after a man, brooding over a man or drooling over a man.
Catherine Milos
Sep 10, 2015 Catherine Milos rated it it was amazing
A really great short-story compilation for that rainy or cozy fall/winter afternoon. Heart warming and engaging.
Jun 17, 2010 janet rated it it was ok
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Nearly all good fun. I enjoyed most of these.
Cassandra Javier
Feb 26, 2013 Cassandra Javier rated it liked it
A collection of short stories from some of Ireland's most loved authors. In "Soulmates", we learn about the pros and cons of having a "soulmate"--someone who is apparently meant for you. In "De-stress", a woman deals with the loss of her fiance--and has to face life head-on. In "The Unlovable Woman", we are treated to a show of laughter and tears--and the stupidity and ignorance that sometimes come with love. There are 9 more stories that will make you laugh, cry, and smile--and maybe pull at yo ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Margaret added it
Shelves: 2006
I'm not usually too into collections of short stories but I found that this was the perfect book to pick-up when you only have a bit of time for reading and could finish just a story or two. Also thought that, well, if the story was not that good, you felt like you hadn't invested much time. And, (LOL!), these stories were just about the right length for my attention span when it comes to chick-lit!My favorite story was An Independent Woman which had a lovely message about pre-judging people. I ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"In Maeve Binchy 's "Carissima," an ex-pat returns to Ireland and shakes things up for her family, who finds her free spirit scandalous. In "Soulmates," by Marian Keyes, one woman's relationship is so bleedin' perfect that it's driving her friends crazy. In Cathy Kelly' s "Thelma, Louise and the Lurve Gods," two women on a madcap Stateside road trip encounter a pair of insanely good-looking men...." (From Amazon

A fair collection of short stories. Binchy and Keyes have one of the best st
Jun 07, 2008 Maurean rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I just finished this collection,and I enjoy these stories quite a bit. I'd have to say that I did enjoy the "Scottish Girls" tales more, but I can't really say why; they seemed to have more, ...substance. But, this *Was* a wonderful, and iresistable collection in its own right! I think my favorites were Cathy Kelly's "Thelma, Louise and the Lurve Gods", "The Ring Cycle" by Martina Devlin, "The Unlovable Woman" by Annie Sparrow & "The Union Man" by Tina Reilly.

Good, strong stories with a tou
Tricia Robertson
Apr 14, 2016 Tricia Robertson rated it really liked it
I enjoyed discovering the Irish women authors who contributed to this book (I'd previously only read Maeve Binchy).
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Maeve Binchy was born on 28 May 1940 in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland, the eldest child of four. Her parents were very positive and provided her with a happy childhood. Although she described herself as an overweight child, her parents' attitude gave her the confidence to accept herself for who she was.

She studied at University College Dublin and was a teacher for a while. She also loved travelin
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