Maeve Binchy imagined a street in Dublin with many characters coming and
going, and every once in a while she would write about one of these people. She
would then put it in a drawer; “for the future,” she would say. The future is now.
Across town from St. Jarlath’s Crescent, which readers will recognize
from Minding Frankie, is
Chestnut Street, where neighbors come and go. Behind their closed doors we
encounter very different people with different life circumstances, occupations,
and sensibilities. Some of these unforgettable characters are Bucket Maguire,
the window cleaner, who must do more than he bargained for to protect his son;
Nessa Byrne, whose aunt visits from America every summer and turns the
house—and Nessa’s world—upside down; Lilian, the generous girl with the big
heart and a fiancé whom no one approves of; Melly, whose gossip about the
neighbors helps Madame Magic, a self-styled fortune-teller, get everyone on the
right track; Dolly, who discovers more about her perfect mother than she ever
wanted to know; and Molly, who learns the cure for sleeplessness from her pen
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