Tara Road

Tara Road

by Maeve Binchy
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Tara Road by Maeve Binchy

March 1999

With each new book, Maeve Binchy continues a remarkable progression of sales and audience growth, reaching fans of all ages and backgrounds with her matchless wit, warmth, and sheer storytelling magic. Now, in her first full-length novel since The Glass Lake, Binchy again shows her incomparable understanding of the human heart in the tale of two women, one from Ireland, one from America, who switch lives, and in doing so learn much about each other, as well as much about themselves.

Ria lived on Tara Road in Dublin with her dashing husband, Danny, and their two children. She fully believed she was happily married, until the day Danny told her he was leaving her to be with his young, pregnant girlfriend. Through a chance phone call, Ria meets Marilyn, a woman from New England unable to come to terms with her only son's death and now separated from her husband. The two women exchange houses for the summer with extraordinary consequences, when each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed.

Drawn into lifestyles differing vastly from their own, at first each resents the news of how well the other is getting on. Ria seems to have become quite a hostess, entertaining half the neighborhood, which at first irritates the reserved and withdrawn Marilyn, a woman who has always guarded her privacy. Marilyn seems to have become bosom friends with Ria's children, as well as with Colm, a handsome restaurateur whom Ria has begun to miss terribly. At the end of the summer, the women at last meet face-to-face. Having learned a great deal about themselves and about each other, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

A moving story rendered with the deft touch of a master artisan, Tara Road is Maeve Binchy at her very best -- utterly beautiful, hauntingly unforgettable, entirely original, and wholly enjoyable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385333955
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/02/1999
Pages: 502
Product dimensions: 6.53(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.67(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, 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. She has been writing for The Irish Times since 1969 and lives with her husband, writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell, in Dublin.


Dublin, Ireland, and London, England

Date of Birth:

May 28, 1940

Place of Birth:

Dalkey, a small village outside Dublin, Ireland


Holy Child Convent in Killiney; B.A. in history, University College, Dublin, 1960

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Tara Road 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 186 reviews.
30yearoldavidreader More than 1 year ago
I feel very alone in my opinion on this book... so many people seem to have loved it. I am the kind of person who feels that if you don't have something nice to say, don't say it... but I rely so heavily on these reviews when purchasing a book so I felt it necessary to voice my opinion. Although the book was engaging and hard to put down, I realized that I felt this way out of sheer amazement that all of the characters could be so unlikeable and the situations so unbelieveable. I could not relate to one character... throughout most of the book, I felt myself wanting to slap half of them and say "snap out of it" - especially, the main character, Ria. I will give the author credit for her style and I would agree that the book was well written. She did a nice job at foreshadowing many of the situations with the whole side plot of the fortune teller, however, it was not an enjoyable read for me. It felt like too much drama and not enought heartwarming. I finished it only to be able to make a sound assessment. I guess it just comes down to the fact that you can't please everyone. I know that this is a loved book by many. I just felt absolutely no connection whatsoever to this book, nor would I consider reading another by the author... just not my style.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was really eager to start this book and found very entertaining - till the end - there wasn't any ending, it just stopped! The story was great, I loved all the characters, but I wanted to know what happenned in their lives after Ria decided to go it on her own (I think) and what every happenned to the Danny/Ria. and Lady Ryan love triangle? Too many question left unanswered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book the first time I read it, and I am now rereading it in its Nook form. A sensitive and honest portrayal of characters who stay with you when the book has ended. I wish I could have lunch with Ria right now and then go shopping with Annie. I highly recommend this lovely book. P.S. I do not like the layout and errors in the Nook format.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing....excellent read....you people can not be serious....i mean this is a very absurd book...truly not a good read at all what a waste of time....
book_lover_Judy More than 1 year ago
Delightful read. Had happy and sad and thoughtful and exciting parts, making it an easy read from page 1 to end. Her best book for me remains to be "Circle of Friends". "Tara Road" may come in as a second. Lost myself in the book often making me feel I was there in Ireland with them in the living room talking with the people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, couldn't put it down!! This was the first book I ever read by this author, however I will definitely be looking into more.
nikano More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended - a great read. Maeve does such great character studies. She also makes the places come alive in your mind. Loved it!
KLovas More than 1 year ago
I love her books! Cant wait to read more of hers!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since I just moved to the area, my neighbor lent me this book while I was in the process of re-building my library. I was so caught up in the story and all the characters that were involved in it. Every single time I picked up the book it felt like an escape into these character's lives. I finally finished the book this morning and I felt happy and yet sad at the same time that it finally came to an end. I couldn't wait to go online and see what other books this author had written. I would definitely buy this book for my own collection and read it once again in a few years.
DMJ More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved everything about this book. The characters are real people and the author's writing style is so wonderful, I was hopeful that the book would never end.
Bookworm1FG More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Could not put it down. I felt as if I knew each and everyone of the characters, they were so well drawn. I cared very much what happened to them. I heartily recommend this book to one and all and have also given it as a gift. Bookworm1FG
judyalval More than 1 year ago
It was like living on Tara Road, loved all the characters
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an outstanding storyline, my heart will always belong to Tara Road!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is worth every minute of your time. It's definitely a page-turner. The character development is by far the best. For those of you disappointed that there is not a Tara Road 2 ... there is! It's called 'Ouentins.' Quentins is an excellent sequel to Tara Road. Enjoy both!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never written a review before, but I felt I had to write something in this instance. I loved this book. It was one of the best I'd read in a long time. The character development was excellent as was the story. I couldn't wait to see how it all ended. Unfortunately, it didn't end! She failed to try up any of the story lines. All the issues in the book went unresolved. I assumed that there must be a sequel, but I don't see one. I am very, very disappointed at the ending. I am annoyed that I invested all that time reading this yet I'll never know what happened to the characters. If you are OK with that, the book is enjoyable. However, if you expect stories to end, I would skip this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maeve Binchy sure knows how to hold your attention. This book is fast pace and keeps you guessing. The ending came up too quickly, and now what happens to Ria, and Annie, and Brian??? A sequel would be great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, yet I disliked it in the same breath. When I read a book I want the author to move me, create an escape, and lead me into another world away from the one I live in daily. This book didn't pull that off, but it was trivial and interesting!
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jo-poet More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Binchy book.  Great storyline, well developed characters.  A must read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its the combo of shuper and awsome its SHAWSOME more more!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best fanfic eva!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it. (( Read mine t puddles first res. If i gt three commnts I will continue my story in next res.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant wait till tommorow! Great job!