Nights Of Rain And Stars

Nights Of Rain And Stars

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by Maeve Binchy
     
 

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In bestselling writer Maeve Binchy's perfect vacation novel, a horrific fire on a tourist boat is the catalyst that throws together four disparate people in a tiny Greek village. Representing four nationalities--American, English, Irish, and German--the four become friends as they share the details of their lives and try to decide how best to go on with them.  See more details below

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In bestselling writer Maeve Binchy's perfect vacation novel, a horrific fire on a tourist boat is the catalyst that throws together four disparate people in a tiny Greek village. Representing four nationalities--American, English, Irish, and German--the four become friends as they share the details of their lives and try to decide how best to go on with them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101210291
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
90,277
File size:
320 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

If storytelling is an art, then Maeve Binchy is unquestionably one of today's master artists. After all, Binchy was born, educated, and lives in Ireland, a land well known for its great storytellers. Firmly grounded in the Irish storytelling tradition, Binchy has earned a sizeable following of enthusiastic fans for her 11 novels and 4 collections of short stories.

I had a very happy childhood, which is unsuitable if you're going to be an Irish writer," Maeve jokes. Perhaps that happy childhood is why Binchy did not publish her first novel until she was 43 years old. But there's no doubt that once she did she proved herself to be an immensely talented and successful writer many times over with 11 New York Times bestsellers to her name.



Binchy was introduced into the joys of storytelling at an early age. Her mother, Maureen, and father, William, a prominent Dublin barrister, encouraged Binchy and her three siblings to be avid readers as well as to share stories at dinner and, as her brother William admits, nobody loved telling stories more than Maeve.



Growing up in the quiet seaside town of Dalkey, located about 10 miles south of Dublin, Binchy also found herself dreaming of escape. "I love Dalkey now," she says, "but when I was young, I thought it was somewhat like living in the desert." Her desire to escape led her first to the big city, to the University College in Dublin, where she studied history and French. After graduating in 1960, she taught Latin, French, and history in a Dublin grade school and was able to indulge her love of traveling during summer vacations. She proved so popular a teacher that parents of her students pooled their money to send her on a trip to Israel. Her father was so impressed by the letters she wrote describing Israeli life that he typed them up and sent them to the Irish Independent newspaper. That's how Maeve returned home to find, quite to her surprise, that she was now a published writer.



Using her newfound interest in journalism, she got a job on The Irish Times as the women's editor, an unlikely role for her, she jokingly acknowledges, given her hopeless lack of fashion sense. In the early 70s, she shifted to feature reporting, and moved to London. The move was motivated only in part by her career. Making the kind of bold life-altering decision that many of her characters are prone to, Binchy decided to take a chance and move to London to be with the man she'd fallen in love with during a previous visit—Gordon Snell, a BBC broadcaster, children's book author, and mystery novelist.



The risk, as it often does in her novels, paid off big time. Maeve married Gordon in 1977, and the two remain happily married to this day. In 1980, they bought a one-bedroom cottage back in Binchy's old hometown of Dalkey. Struggling to make mortgage payments on their new home, Binchy, who had published two collections of her newspaper work and one of short stories, decided to try to sell her first novel, which she'd managed to write in between her newspaper assignments. When her publisher told her that Light A Penny Candle would likely be a bestseller, Maeve remembers her sense of shock. "I had to sit down," she recalls. "I had never even had enough money to pay the telephone bill."



Maeve and her husband still live in that same Dalkey cottage, where they share an office, writing side by side. "All I ever wanted to do," she says, "is to write stories that people will enjoy and feel at home with." She has unquestionably succeeded with that goal. Light A Penny Candle was followed by such bestselling works as Circle of Friends, which was turned into a major motion picture starring Minnie Driver, and Tara Road, an Oprah Book Club selection. Binchy has 11 New York Times bestsellers to her name and is consistently named one of the most popular writers in readers' polls in England and Ireland, outselling and rated higher than James Joyce. Of this success, Binchy comments with her typical good humor, "If you're going on a plane journey, you're more likely to take one of my stories than Finnegan's Wake."



In addition to her books, Binchy is also a playwright whose works have been staged at The Peacock Theatre of Dublin, and was the author of a hugely popular monthly column called "Maeve's Week," which appeared in The Irish Times for 32 years. A kind of combined gossip, humor, and advice column, it achieved cult status in Ireland and abroad. .


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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Dublin, Ireland, and London, England
Date of Birth:
May 28, 1940
Place of Birth:
Dalkey, a small village outside Dublin, Ireland
Education:
Holy Child Convent in Killiney; B.A. in history, University College, Dublin, 1960

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Nights of Rain and Stars 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me say this to start: The true beauty of this book is in its reality. In earlier reviews it is stated that these characters were unbelievable and some wouldn't act like they did in the book. Who says? People are not robots, people do and act and say things we wouldn't think they would say. This novel touched me deeply in its beauty and simplicity. Binchy's books are filled to the brim with wonderful characters and down to earth narration. I personally have known Americans who act like Englishman and children who speak well beyond their years. If anything, I would hope this bok would make people be more compassionate with each other and their families. It doesn't take a trip across the world to see and feel what is right, right before your eyes. NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS is a book to recommend to anyone who wants just a good story. To sum up: Heartwarming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been my favorite Binchy book, and I have read quit a few, Quintens comes in a close second. With the setting of a Greek island, this story embraced me like a wonderful holiday. I enjoyed the interaction of the characters, which involve residence of the isle, and a group of visitors who climb a picturesque hill to dine at a little restaurant. As the story evolves, the characters learn to care for each other, help each other, and learn a few life lessons in the process. This book feels like sunshine, sparkling ocean, blue skies and love of friends and family. If you love Binchy, you should also try Rosmunde Pilcher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having been to Greece recently, I thought this was a lovely tale written to make the reader believe they were actually there. Wonderful description of the towns and landscape. Although it may be a little predicable, I would read it again and WILL recommend it to friends! A nice way to "escape" for a while.
ladykk More than 1 year ago
I have been a devoted reader of Maeve Binchy since Light a Penny Candlexo when I picked up Nights of Rain and Stars I expected an awesome read. However, what I got was so much more. The characters were so real I felt that I knew them personally. The setting was so descriptive I felt that I was there in Greece with all of the characters. I didn't want the book to end so I re-read the last chapters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fan of all of Maeve Binchy's books - this was one of the sweeter stories. Predictable, but still will have you happy you read it. It makes one want to believe in the good in people and in small every day miracles. You really do feel as if you're on an enchanted Greek Isle. The setting is beautiful, and the you come to think of the characters as your friends.
PagesofComfort More than 1 year ago
My first Maeve Binchy book was Echoes (review), which I read about two years ago on a trip to Florida. I really enjoyed that book and knew that I had to see what else Binchy has written. I picked this one up at my local used book store, but unfortunately, it sat on my shelf for quite a while. I finally got around to and I'm glad I did. This was a good story and the setting of Greece was beautifully written! Elsa, Thomas, Fiona, and David come from four different countries and have never met before one night at a small Greek tavern. They each come from wildly different backgrounds and are each struggling with something from their past. They've all run away from home (in a sense) and don't want to go back. Throughout the book, we learn what each of their secrets are. This book was very simply written, which is one of the things I loved about Binchy's writing in Echoes. She has a way with words to make everything so beautiful without feeling like they're big fancy sentences. Does that make sense? There are some bigger moments in this book, but I really love that it's just a story about four people's lives and how they learn to grow and let go of their larger issues. And like I said, the setting described in this book is beautiful! Thankfully, I've been to Greece before, so I was able to picture the setup of the islands a little easier having seen some for myself first-hand. It truly makes me want to go back and enjoy the culture of Greece again. Pagesofcomfort.blogspot.com
SunnySJ More than 1 year ago
Slow reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leading up a slope, grass flattened by steps of ancients, a shimmering pool of watee that sparks with stars lays. This is Moonpool, Rainclan's way to communicate with Starclan.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and I agree that I can't understand why it got such bad reader reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He pads in, sizing up his sisters apprentice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads in after Leafriver silently, glancing at her in surprise as her direct speaking. (Sootpelt, res 2)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is sootpelt and was from boulderclan i am flamekits brother