A Week in Summer: A Short Story [NOOK Book]

Overview

After many happy years of marriage and raising a family, Brian and Kathleen suddenly find themselves a bit lost in life. Midwesterners who’ve never traveled, Kathleen decides that what she and Brian need is a vacation, and with the help of an enthusiastic travel agent she plans a trip to Ireland in search of her roots. In beautiful, quaint Lisdoonvarna, to the couple’s surprise, they find themselves in the midst of a joyous yearly gathering dedicated to celebrating the life and work of a late Irish poet, and they...
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A Week in Summer: A Short Story

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Overview

After many happy years of marriage and raising a family, Brian and Kathleen suddenly find themselves a bit lost in life. Midwesterners who’ve never traveled, Kathleen decides that what she and Brian need is a vacation, and with the help of an enthusiastic travel agent she plans a trip to Ireland in search of her roots. In beautiful, quaint Lisdoonvarna, to the couple’s surprise, they find themselves in the midst of a joyous yearly gathering dedicated to celebrating the life and work of a late Irish poet, and they rediscover something much more important than evidence of long-dead ancestors: their love for each other and for life itself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307957269
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 22
  • Sales rank: 27,023
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Maeve Binchy
Maeve Binchy is the author of numerous best-selling books, including her most recent novel, Heart and Soul, in addition to Whitethorn Woods, Nights of Rain and Stars, Quentins, Scarlet Feather, Circle of Friends and Tara Road, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She has written for Gourmet; O, The Oprah Magazine; Modern Maturity; and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. She and her husband, Gordon Snell, live in Dalkey, Ireland.
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    1. Hometown:
      Dublin, Ireland, and London, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 28, 1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      Dalkey, a small village outside Dublin, Ireland
    1. Education:
      Holy Child Convent in Killiney; B.A. in history, University College, Dublin, 1960

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted May 13, 2011

    This is a short story!!

    23 pages including intro..... It would have been nice to know this is a 10 minute read.

    34 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2011

    Even .99 is to much for such a short story.

    Would not recommend unless you don't know this offer and don't mind spending a dollar on something no longer than a magazine article. B&N needs to put the number of pages of each book in the description.

    28 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Binchy at her finest!

    The only reason it did not get 5 stars was for length of book. This was a fun, light read, typical Maeve storytelling!! I really wish she would make this a full length novel!! I love her style and have been a big fan for 20+ years and this is a great example of her work, leaves me wanting more!!

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    baahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh humbug

    how to turn off a lover of Maeve Binchy in 10 minutes or less
    talk about a short story !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I feel ripped off!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2011

    Love Maeve Binchy but..feeling ripped off

    No reflection on Ms. Binchy, but BN really needs to let readers know if they are buying a short story or getting a great deal on a full length book! They sure seem to be capitalizing on this fact based on the amount of angry readers.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    It says on the cover-A Short Story

    Plus its only 99 cents. Enjoy! There are worse ways to spend your $1. Loved it!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    What can one say about Maeve Binchy that hasn't been said before?

    I am a Maeve Binchy fan. Nothing she has written has ever disappointed me!

    One of the things I most enjoy about Binchy's work is the picture she presents of Ireland as it has changed in her lifetime. A Week in Summer is a short story of a couple's life changing vacation to Ireland. These are not Irish-Americans searching for their roots; they are simply a middle aged couple whose life has become perhaps too complacent. They take this vacation trip and, in 23 pages, become involved in the rich life of a small village, and rediscover themselves in the process.

    Binchy is a master of character description and development and as usual, she delivers.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Dissapointing

    Not worth the twenty minutes it takes to read

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Most disappointed.

    I didn't understand I was purchasing a short story for $.99. I agree with other readers that this is too much money for 23 pages.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2011

    Last time I buy a book without reading the reviews

    What a ripoff, this is a 23 page short story. By not identifying this as a short story Barnes & Noble are really taking advantage of their Nook owners. I'm souring fast on my Nook and will probably save it for vacations only, books are too expensive.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Not a good buy

    Should have noted this was only 23 pages....gooness that is not worth even .99 cents

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    What an entertaing little short story!

    I really enjoyed this little story. Of course, at 23 psges there wasn't that much there. But, all in all, I enjoyed it's light-heartedness.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    low recommendation

    It was ok, not up to her normal standards. But worth the .99.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    For readers unsure about Maeve Binchy books as a short story, this is a great introduction to Ms. Binchy's style.

    As with all her other books and stories, this was a great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Great

    Nice summer read but too short. I like Maeve Binchy and wish she had addded more to this book and delved into the characters; I wasn't that attached to the characters. Very predictable!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    A week in summer

    I loved this story i will miss her writings

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  • Posted March 17, 2014

    Lovely but too short

    Maeve's stories always take me to a place where I feel instantly at home and familiar with the people I find there. A lovely story about how a new place and situation can bring out something in us we didn't even know was there. My only complaint is that it was too short.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Enjoyable read

    I just finished reading this short story, and I have to say I enjoyed it very much. The wife, Kathy, is such a likable character. What a loving wife that is to plan their vacation for the sake of her husband. Even though he wasn't very positive about their trip in the beginning, she knew what was best for him, and encouraged him to try it. And in the end, a week in Ireland was just what he needed to feel renewed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Fast,Funny and Touching

    A Word wise short story. Left me with an Ah!,a sigh, and a smile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    A great short story

    Thoughtful and interesting read. Made me want to travel to the places described so well in this book.

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