The Lilac Bus

The Lilac Bus

by Maeve Binchy
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The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchy

The Journey — Every Friday night young Ron Fitzgerald's lilac-colored minibus leaves Dublin for the Irish country town of Rathdoon with seven weekend commuters on board. All of them, from the joking bank porter, Mikey Burns, who plays the buffoon while his brother makes a fortune in the family business, to the rich doctor's daughter, Dee Burke, who is having a secret affair with a married man, have their reasons for making the journey. The Destination, Rathdoon, is the kind of Irish Village where family histories are shared and scandals don't stay secret for long. And this weekend, when Tom's bus pulls in, the riders find the unexpected waiting for them... as each of their very private lives unfolds to reveal a sharp betrayal of the heart, a young man's crime, and chance for new dreams among the eight intriguing men and women on... The Lilac Bus.

"A remarkably gifted writer... a wonderful student of human nature." — The New York Times Book Review.

"Maeve Binchy is a grand storyteller in the finest Irish tradition of Frank O'Commortr, Sean O'Faolain, and Edna O'Brien... She writes from the heart." — The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440213024
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1992
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 193,198
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.03(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)

About the Author

Maeve Binchy was born in Dublin. She is the author of five collections of short stories as well as twelve novels.

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 Lilac Bus 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
SmArTpEt More than 1 year ago
The plot was good, the reading was entertaining, the ending was non-existant. I didn't realize i was at the end! this particular book had short stories added that i was unaware of and it was disconcerting to be starting a new story when i thought i was still reading the Lilac Bus. I was left dangling, going.. um.. huh????
Guest More than 1 year ago
I too didn't love this book. I like her other books that are more like novels rather than individual short stories. Dublin 4 had good story lines but again no resolution. Frustrating!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lilac Bus left me wondering what happened to these characters and why was I set up not to find out. Dublin Four needed a better ending makes me think that other books will leave me asking questions too.
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Maeve Binchy's work is always worth reading, and in the case of the Lilac Bus, well worth listening to. It's so nice it's unabridged.
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I think Binchy's editor took her notes from a bunch of unfinished story/novel ideas and published them as a book. Her usual interesting scenarios & engaging writing style - but DEEPLY unsatisfying since every one is undeveloped & ends in the middle. Was truly disappointed and frustrated - and actually threw the book in the trash when I was done rather than pass it on to other friends who are Binchy fans. Maybe she will take some of these and finish fleshing them out for us at some point....
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike most of the other Binchy novels, 'The Lilac Bus' was disappointing due to a lack of closure to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bye