A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Original Selection
They hadn’t intended it to be a full house. Dee and Liam had thought that their children would leave home one by one and come to see them on weekends. Wouldn’t that be nice? But Helen had never left; Rosie got married but not for long; Anthony writes songs and will be a sensation someday. And Dee wonders what she did wrong. Instead of enjoying her “old age,” she is taking care of everyone else. When a crisis occurs Dee takes charge and decides that something has to change—much to everyone’s surprise.
Beloved storyteller and internationally bestselling author Maeve Binchy left a treasure trove of unpublished short stories after her death. “Full House” is everything we’ve come to expect from Binchy’s work—a world of charm, joy and sorrow, where we return again and again to be instructed and warmed. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross Award in 2007 and is the author of many bestselling books including Maeve’s Times, Chestnut Street, and A Week in Winter.
An eBook short.
About the Author
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Full House by Maeve Binchy is charming short story. Dee Nolan is a wife, mother, and partner in J.D. Contract Cleaners. Josie is Dee’s partner in the business. After a day working cleaning homes and offices, Dee gets to come home to her loving husband and three grown up children. Dee thought when her children grew up, they would move out of the house. Unfortunately, all her children are currently living at home. Rosie is married to Ronan?? But they are experiencing troubles (a lot of fighting) and Rosie moved back home. Helen is a teacher and still living at home. Anthony is a musician, cares only about music, and still lives at home. Dee does the cooking, shopping, cleaning, and laundry. The children do not pay rent. Dee comes home after a hard day of working and is greeted with a messy house and people asking what is for dinner. One day Dee comes home and she can tell something is wrong with her husband, Liam. Dee finds out that Liam has been laid off. Liam is an electrician for Mash Macken, a builder. It is a rough economy and people are not building. Dee states that the children will have to help. When Helen, Rosie, and Anthony are told about the situation, they do not believe it is fair that they have to pay to live at home. Dee does not know what she did wrong when raising her children, but she is going to fix it. Dee comes up with a plan and slowly executes it. Full House is an appealing story. I give Full House 5 out of 5 stars. Full House was enjoyable to read, interesting, engaging, and a nice moral. Maeve Binchy did it again! I will certainly miss her books. I received a complimentary copy of Full House from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
What a sweet story about a family where the children haven't a clue.
I totally give this a 4 stars. It wasn't the best book ever ( Joey Graceffa's memoir is). It's very sweet and definatly shows lots of hard being put into this story! Totally recommend this sweet short story!! <3 :D