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Evening Class by Maeve Binchy
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Jan 23, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: chick-lit
Read in January, 2010

Maeve Binchy is my new favorite author. She takes ordinary characters, takes a long chapter to share their story, and then intertwines all their stories to make a satisfying book.

Aiden Dunne is a hardworking Latin teacher in a working class neighborhood in Dublin, Ireland. He has devoted his life to the school in the hope of becoming the principal someday. The school leadership has other ideas, but to soften the blow, he is offered the chance to start an evening school.

Nora O'Donoghue, a Dublin native is returning to her roots penniless after spending over 25 years in Sicily. She hears that the evening school needs an Italian teacher and soon finds herself teaching over 30 students from various backgrounds not only the Italian language, but also the culture. The stories of these students are at times sad, at other times a little frightening, but Ms. Binchy wraps up all the loose ends by the end of the book for a satisfying ending.

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