Evening Class

Evening Class

by Maeve Binchy
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Evening Class by Maeve Binchy

It was the quiet ones you had to watch. That's where the real passion was lurking.

They came together at Mountainview College, a down-at-the-heels secondary school on the seamy side of Dublin, to take a course in Italian. It was Latin teacher Aidan Dunne's last chance to revive a failing marriage and a dead-end career. But Aidan's dream was headed for disaster until the mysterious Signora appeared, transforming a shared passion for Italy into a life-altering adventure for them all...bank clerk Bill and his dizzy fiance Lizzie: a couple headed for trouble...Kathy, a hardworking innocent propelled into adulthood in a shocking moment of truth...Connie, the gorgeous rich lady with a scandal ready to explode...glowering Lou, who joined the class as a cover for crime. And Signora, whose passionate past remained a secret as she changed all their lives forever....

From the New York Times bestselling author of This Year It Will Be Different, The Glass Lake, and Circle of Friends, comes a novel filled with Maeve Binchy's signature warmth, wit, and sheer storytelling genius—a spellbinding tale of men and women whose quiet lives hide the most unexpected things....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440223207
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1998
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 173,368
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Maeve Binchy is the bestselling author of This Year It Will Be Different, The Glass Lake, The Copper Beech, The Lilac Bus, Circle of Friends, Silver Wedding, Firefly Summer, Echoes, Light a Penny Candle, and London Transports. She has written two plays and a teleplay that won three awards at the Prague Film Festival. A writer for The Irish Times since 1969, she lives with her husband, writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell, in London and Dublin.

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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Coconut_Library More than 1 year ago
Evening Class was my second encounter with Maeve Binchy. I am getting very fond of her. There is something about her way of writing; I don't realize that I am hooked until I've taken a moment away from the book and feel as though I'm missing something! She is so subtle, that Maeve. I found the main characters likable and entertaining. The way that Binchy combines their individual stories (within the larger story) is wonderful and thorough. I find myself wanting to jump on a plane and join them in Dublin. Each chapter is from a different person's point of view (as it was in Heart and Soul), and that actually suits this sometimes ADD reader more than I thought it would. Although I have found in the past that this is not my ideal for storytelling, something about the way that Binchy includes other story lines in each subplot, and brings them all back to the bigger story makes her writing delightful. Once again the author delivered a heartwarming, feel good, entertaining novel. (originally posted on www.coconutlibrary.typepad.com)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the way Ms. Binchy goes into each character in the book, nestled in between each character is the story of the leading characters......and how they all intertwine in some way. I think she's my new favorite author !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Binchy novel and I couldn't put it down. It was a wonderful story. I just bought 'Circle of Friends'. I look forward to reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story.. Will now read this author. Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by this author. I thiroughly enjiyed reading it. She has a keen sense of pulling yiu into the stiry and feel like you really know the characters. When i finished i immediately ordered the next book, tara road.
Anya_Cohen More than 1 year ago
Maeve Binchy has an incredible gift of weaving multiple characters, none of whom have to be interconnected, into a plot that connects them all by the end. She captures Irish culture and lifestyle and shares it with a non-Irish world, making us want to catch the first plane to Dublin so we can taste it for ourselves. The average, ordinary activities of life - taking an evening class, for example - become the framework for everyday drama that breaks - and mends - your heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maeve manages to masterfully bring together a group of characters in an interesting and cohesive plot
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The writing was well done, the characters interesting, the story all came together. If you are learning Italian, this is especially appealing. Some of the characters in this book appear in other Maeve Binchy books, so you get to fill out their life stories. Also: every crisis is resolved, and there is always a happy ending.
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yramenaj More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Maeve Binchy fan to begin with - so take my remarks with this in mind. This is the second time I read this book, the first time being a few years ago. But the book stayed with me and when our Book Club decided to read this as our next selection, I found myself relishing it all over again. There's something about it that just draws me into it. The fleshing out of the characters and the individual plots would make a short story on their own. But the way the author brings it all together is amazing. Again, I'm a big fan of the author and have read most, if not all, of her books and enjoyed each one. But Evening Class rates as one of my favorites. I belong to a Book club and we will be discussing this at our next meeting. I have alaready heard from a few of our memebers how much they enjoyed it. I think it's a perfect book for discussion. I would hope readers would check this out and hopefully enjoy it as much as I have.
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I'm a huge Maeve Binchy fan and this was one I really enjoyed.
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Characters from other books are woven in to this excellent read.
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