The Glass Lake

The Glass Lake

by Maeve Binchy
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The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy

Kit MacMahon, growing up in the lakeside village of Loughshee, seems to lead a charmed life. She is the loved daughter of Martin MacMahon, the kindly local pharmacist, and Helen, his beautiful wife. She has a little brother, Emmett; a best friend, Clio, and a host of other friends.

But Kit worries about her mother. Helen MacMahon does not fit in with the people and the ways of Loughshee. She wanders alone by the lake night after night -- until the dark windy night when she disappears and only her overturned rowboat is found near Loughshee's shore.

Kit grows up in the small village without the mother she has loved and so staunchly defended, determined to carry out her mother's last wishes that she should make something of her life. Though she moves to the city, Kit is constantly drawn back to Loughshee and the people who live there -- Clio Kelly and their love/hate relationship; Clio's father Dr. Kelly, whose sister-in-law Maura has her eyes on Kit's father; Philip O'Brien, who has loved Kit since childhood; and roguish Stevie Sullivan, who runs the garage and rules the affections of every woman for miles around.

The Glass Lake tells the story of how Kit MacMahon carries out her mother's last wishes; a story of how faith and courage can be rewarded. It is Maeve Binchy at her spellbinding best, creating a novel of such warmth and humor that the reader will never want it to end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385313544
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/02/1995
Pages: 584
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.82(d)

About the Author

Maeve Binchy was born and educated in Dublin. She is the bestselling author of The Return Journey, Evening Class, This Year It Will Be Different, and The Glass Lakes. She has written two plays and a teleplay that won three awards at the Prague Film Festival. She has been writing for The Irish Times since 1969 and lives with her husband, writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell, in 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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The Glass Lake 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
christie_nelson More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing and full of life, loss, and love! I've read this book many times. Its one of my all time favorites. The characters are well written and the plot unique. I feel this is Binchy's best book. Circle of Friends comes in a close second. I truly wish they'd have made a movie out of this book too. I would be interested to see who they would cast. =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was in Ireland, I was re-reading this book and I could see the setting as the beautiful Lough Derg, in County Clare. Every one of Maeve Binchy's books is just as powerful as anything written by Alice Hoffman (although not as poetic) or any other contemporary American writer. Binchy's tales are mesmerizing you cannot put her books down, her characters tell their stories in such a compelling way. They all hold up..to a second reading and you see development that you may have missed the first time around. May she live and write for another fifty years...She is my comfort food and her stories transcend their time period and adapt easily for American readers......
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I have ever read. Binchy out did her self. Tara Road is just as good, But this takes the PRize read this book. Great characters great story. stick with it it is a little slow in the beginning but it does pick up and you wont be able to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been, and probably always will be, my all-time favorite! It is written beautifully and incorporates the best aspects of storytelling! Maeve Binchy has such incredible talent and this is her best piece. It's so hard to put down. I've read it numerous times and it just gets better and better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fan of this Mauve Binchy I must say that she truly outdoes herself in writing 'The Glass Lake'. I love the interesting, well formed characters, and the twists and turns that this story takes. It is my favorite of her books. Loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an avid reader of Maeve Binchy's novels, this is by far my favorite...it's fast-paced and suspenseful, as well as poignant. Definitely a must-read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So very outstanding -- a must read for her fans and for new readers. Gripping and edge of your seat stuff with such 'real' characters. One of her best !!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the author's finest piece of writing! The story is terric and I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Starts off a little slow but really keeps you hooked once into the book. The characters come to life and you really care about what happens to them. Definitly reccomended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great storyteller.
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SunnySJ More than 1 year ago
I enjoy how Ms. Binchy introduces her characters and weaves her story. She shows good and bad in her characters making them real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the Glass Lake when it first came out in the mid-90's and decided to read it again. I enjoyed it just as much the second time around. Maeve Binchy's book are always outstanding - highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To me it is the best Mauve Binchy I have read. I couldn't put it down. Her inticut knowledge of psyche and the way she developes personalities is what makes her books intriguing and exciting. I can't wait to read another of her books.
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Mari-Kate9 More than 1 year ago
another great read.
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