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Echoes
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Echoes
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'It was sometimes called Brigid's Cave, the echo cave, and if you shouted your question loud enough in the right direction you got an answer instead of an echo' Growing up in a small Irish seaside town are two very different young people, both praying that their destinies will be to travel far away from home The paths of these two are to cross and recross in unforeseen ways and to lead back - eventually - to Castlebay as the long drama is played out where it all began
'It was sometimes called Brigid's Cave, the echo cave, and if you shouted your question loud enough in the right direction you got an answer instead of an echo' Growing up in a small Irish seaside town are two very different young people, both praying that their destinies will be to travel far away from home The paths of these two are to cross and recross in unforeseen ways and to lead back - eventually - to Castlebay as the long drama is played out where it all began
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 1, 1986
    The bracing sea air brings little pleasure to the year-round residents of Castlebay, a village on the coast of Ireland, where class lines are strictly observed and morals publicly monitored. The youngest daughter of a shopkeeper whose meagre living depends on summer trade, Clare O'Brien is determined to move beyond her present circumstances. Hard work and the guidance of an irreverent, caring schoolteacher bring the resolute scholar to a college in Dublin. There, her steps falter when she enters into an ardent affair with David Power, the son of Castlebay's only doctor and another willing exile. Although David returns her love, their devotion is sorely tested when they are forced to marry and return home. As a wealthy, new-fledged doctor, David easily resumes his privileged position, but Clare is trapped between her mother-in-law's cold fury and the town's unease. Sharply drawn, memorable characters and a convincing picture of a small Irish community bring freshness and zest to a familiar tale. Binchy also wrote Light a Penny Candle. 50,000 first printing; Literary Guild alternate; first serial to Cosmopolitan; paperback rights to Dell; U.K. rights: Century Publishing; translation rights: Christine Green. January

  • AudioFile Magazine A splendid reading of a splendid tale about growing up in a small, Irish, seaside village. Ever the storyteller, Maeve Binchy creates a delightful cast of characters, who move between homespun small-town life in Castlebay and university life in Dublin. The author's daughter, Kate, brings her considerable theatrical experience to this reading, rendering every character to perfection. Each character speaks with just the right Irish accent for his or her position or social standing. At the same time, Kate has a fine ear for emotional pitch--imbuing each with an appropriate amount of passion. This gem of a book is a natural for audio--and not to be missed. R.B.F. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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