The Glass Lake: A Novel

The Glass Lake: A Novel

by Maeve Binchy
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Overview

The Glass Lake: A Novel by Maeve Binchy

An incandescent novel of love, obsession, and the secrets that take root in the human heart, by the author of The Copper Beech and Circle Of Friends. Lough Glass is at the heart and soul of the namesake town clinging to its shore. They say that if you go out on St. Agnes' Eve and look into the lake at sunset you can see your future. But beneath its serene surface, the lake harbors secrets as dark and unfathomable as the beautiful woman who night after night walks beside its waters. Lough Glass is home to Kit McMahon, in a way it will never be to her lovely mother, Helen, who does not fit in with the ways of the people of Lough Glass, and who found an unlikely mate in the genial pharmacist Martin McMahon. Kit adores her mother, but can't escape the picture of her, alone at the kitchen table, tears streaming down her face... or walking alone by the glass lake. Then one terrible night Martin's boat is found drifting upside down in the lake. The night Helen is lost. The night Kit discovers a letter on Martin's pillow and burns it, unopened, in the grate. The night everything changes forever.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440337645
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 61,015
File size: 780 KB

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.


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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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