Maeve Binchy (1940–2012) was the author of
numerous bestselling books, including Minding
Frankie, Heart and Soul, Whitethorn Woods, and Circle of Friends, as well as Tara Road, which was
an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She contributed to Gourmet; O,
The Oprah Magazine; Modern Maturity; and Good
Housekeeping, among other publications. Married to Gordon Snell, she
lived in Dalkey, Ireland, until her death in July 2012 at the age of
seventy-two, shortly after finishing A Week in Winter.