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Ladies' Night At Finbar's Hotel

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A cast of seven Irish women writers have taken over the newly refurbished Finbar's Hotel for one memorable night ...
Published by Not Avail (first published August 1st 1999)
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Ladies Night at Finbar's Hotel was a good read. Each chapter was written by a different Irish author (you have no idea who wrote which chapter). The story is set in a newly remodeled Dublin hotel, Finbar's and each chapter is a completely different story. If you didn't know the chapters were written by different authors, in most cases, you wouldn't be able to tell. To me, the only clue is the length of the chapter or breaks within the chapter. Some have longer reads before a break.

My favorite s
Billy O'Shea
Sep 22, 2015 Billy O'Shea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The idea of an Irish nun looking for sex with strangers is about as unlikely a premise as you could imagine, but the anonymous writer of 'God's Gift', one of the stories in this book, somehow manages to make it believable. 'Ladies' Night at Finbar's Hotel' is a collection of short stories by Irish women writers, all centred on one fictional Dublin hotel. I don't think any of the authors would regard their works here as Serious Literature, but they are hugely entertaining. The final story in part ...more
I only picked up this book as I needed something to read for a Irish Challenge for the month of March, a friend at the library recommended it to me. I wasn't even sure if I was going to read it, but had some time so thought I could read one of the short stories and go from there. I am glad that I did. This book ended up being super funny and all of the stories very quirky. The main premise of the book is one night at the Finbar Hotel, each story centers around a woman, the room she is staying in ...more
Mar 01, 2014 Jennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful collection of inter-related short stories by some awesome authors. The only downside is that you do not know which author wrote which short story. I was hoping to discover a new author in the bunch - while that did not happen I still really enjoyed their stories.
Nadine Jones
Aug 29, 2008 Nadine Jones rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Surprisingly charming and a quick read; I suppose this might qualify as "chick lit," I'm really not sure, I'm not even sure if I've ever read "chick lit." I started reading this while at the library waiting for my kids, and I finished it that night. That's more a case of it being a quick read and shorter than it looks, and not so much that it's a page-turner, although there is some of that and the characters are frequently engaging. The book bills itself as a novel, but it's really a collection ...more
Nov 13, 2015 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seven well-known female Irish writers. including Maeve Binchy, contributed the stories that make up this novel about different rooms on one night in the Finbar Hotel in Dublin. From sad to comical to quizzical, interesting reading.
Oct 09, 2011 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the follow-up to Finbar’s Hotel. The Hotel has now been renovated by a Dutch rock star and his Irish wife and a new set of seven Irish writers, all women, take up the mantle of creating a character for a room, while interweaving the characters from the other stories. Sadly these stories are just as depressing as the ones in the previous book, although there were a couple which caught my interest for a while and raised my hopes that I might be starting to enjoy the book. I really felt lik ...more
Written by Irish women, each room is written by a different (and unnamed) author. All rooms mesh together to bring together a story of Finbar's Hotel. Unique approach to writing and great story telling.
Jun 11, 2012 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay beach read. It's an interesting concept that a different author composes each chapter (although you don't know which chapter is written by which author - likely fans of these authors might be able to figure it out). It's really a collection of short stories that occasionally are connected when one story refers to someone else sitting in the lobby for example. Unfortunately, I think most of the stories relate tales of wow-begotten women, instead of powerful women traveling on their own. One ...more
Dec 15, 2015 Pelks rated it it was ok
The gimmick (each chapter written by a different author) was neat, but somehow I just found the stories each uniquely irritating instead of uniquely interesting.
Nov 04, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interwoven tale by modern Irish women writers. Some very good, others not quite, but taken as a whole, a good read.
Shonna Froebel
Jan 19, 2014 Shonna Froebel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Each chapter is written by a different Irish woman author. Devised and edited by Dermot Bolger.
Chapter writers are not matched up with chapters, so don't know who wrote which.
Very entertaining, liked how the book flows and the story doesn't seem disjointed.
Dec 24, 2014 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not great, but the last story made me laugh out loud--3 stars is generous.
Oct 17, 2013 JayeL rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
2013: I remember liking this book a lot better the first time I read it. I did like the way characters from one story showed up in other stories. I also liked the collaborative mature of the work. In terms of a book of short stories, the single location made the stories hang together much better than other collections I have read.

I the stories themselves were not as tightly written as they could have been. I understand that there was an undercurrent of the frailties of human nature, but the stor
Mar 13, 2012 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a light hearted, easy-to-read collection of stories by accomplished authors. Each chapter revolved around a character somehow associated with the Finbar Hotel. It was fun to see different characters reappear in different chapters and to see how they were viewed differently by themselves and then by others. All the characters seemed to have a "past" and looked to reinvent themselves or to solve a mystery from their past.

Most chapters were a bit drawn out, perhaps even overly dramatic, a
Katie M.
Sep 20, 2014 Katie M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katie M. by: Joy
Shelves: shortstory, 2014
Well this was delightful.
Heather Meredith
Jun 16, 2014 Heather Meredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Stories but I am really frustrated because I want to know the author of each story. because I prefer the writing style of some over the others and would like to read more if their work.
Jan 03, 2016 Kathi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-collection
Since each chapter in this book is written by a different author, I wrongly assumed it was a book of short stories and read the book over a long time period. Actually, each chapter is connected to a previous one in subtle ways as characters reappear and it would have had more meaning if I'd have read it through continuously. I really enjoyed the ways each author wove in the characters' connections - interesting.
Mar 19, 2014 Kathi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-clubs
Not as good as the original, but I liked the later stories. The last one was my favorite.
Jun 10, 2011 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Funny in parts, but definately missing the magic of Maeve Binchy whose contribution is a mystery. I sorta got distracted by the profanity and vulgarity in places, which certainly wasn't Binchy's..she's more tongue-in-cheeky and clever to have to resort to that. Anyway, an interesting collaboration but not lacking the aparkle of Binchy.
Donna LaValley
Feb 19, 2012 Donna LaValley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short stories all taking place at Finbar’s Hotel on one night. Each story stands alone, but some characters appear in multiple stories. Lots of variety in character and tone, as 7 authors contributed. I could tell which ones were by my favorite, Maeve Binchy. Delightful!
Jan 05, 2013 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, short, 2013-reads
Conceived and curated by Dermot Bolger, this collection of short stories is centered on a renovated Dublin hotel visited by a number of women, some with connections to its past. Each story is written by a different Irish author, and I found some more successful than others, for me.
Ashley FL
A slim book of short stories, each by a different female Irish author, each taking place on the same night at the same hotel. Well done, with fun references from story to story.

I read this on a recommendation, and now simply can't remember *where* I got that recommendation!
Jul 05, 2012 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The idea of this book (known writers each contributing one chapter) was more intriguing than the actual chapters turned out to be. It once again reminds me that the short story format is not my favorite. I like to get more involved with the characters than a chapter allows.
Aug 29, 2008 Carole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each chapter in this book is written by a different Irish female author. It makes for a somewhat schizophrenic read, with some chapters much more appealing to me than others. In the end, I'm frustrated by not knowing which author wrote which chapter....
Jan 09, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a collection of stories including some of my favorite female (and Irish) writers. It also introduced me to a couple of new ones, Claire Boylan, for example. I thought it was a unique device to have all the characters passing through one hotel.
Sep 10, 2007 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy reading Maeve Binchy, so thought I'd give this book a try. Each chapter is written by a different author, all Irish writers. It was just a mix-bag for me. Some stories I wanted more details and others, I didn't care for.
Good quick read. Each chapter written by a different author. Each chapter is an individual story with some of the chapter main characters making brief appearances in other chapters. Would be a great read while on a long flight.
Jan 25, 2012 Debb24601 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A perennial re-read for me. I adore Maeve Binchy and read anything with her name on it. I'm going to start reading the authors in this short story compilation also, there was no bad spot in this book.
Patricia Draper
Eight different essays written by well known Irish authors. Set in Dublin at the Finbar Hotel. Excellent short stories all revolving around people with very slight connections at the Finbar hotel.
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Dermot Bolger is an Irish novelist, playwright and poet born in Finglas, a suburb of Dublin.

His work is often concerned with the articulation of the experiences of working-class characters who, for various reasons, feel alienated from society. Bolger questions the relevance of traditional nationalist concepts of Irishness, arguing for a more plural and inclusive society.

In the late 1970s Bolger se
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